Police Beat (10/22/13)
Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 10:10
Small sips and big lies: Driver arrested for OVI:
At 10:36 p.m. Friday, OPD officers were working a sobriety checkpoint on College Corner Pike when they noticed a car acting suspiciously. A black SUV pulled into a driveway just before the beginning of the checkpoint and three people got out, OPD said.
The officers approached the car on foot and asked the occupants what they were doing. The driver said they were picking up a friend who lived at the address, but when asked where she thought she was, the driver said “at the Sig. Ep. [Sigma Phi Epsilon] house,” which is well over a mile away, according to OPD.
At this point, the resident of the house came outside and told the officers she did not know the people in the SUV and she would like for them to leave. The officers said they could smell alcohol on the driver’s breath and asked her if she had been drinking. She said she had a “small sip,” OPD said. The driver consented to a search of the car, which smelled of burnt marijuana, according to OPD.
An officer conducted a field sobriety test which the driver did not pass. She subsequently blew a .066 BAC. The driver admitted to being 18 years old, and was taken to the station. The legal BAC limit for minors is .02. She was charged with OVI and sales to and use by underage persons, and was released to her friends.
Life is a highway: I wanna sleep on it all night long
At 1:25 a.m. Saturday, OPD responded to a report of a male passed out in the road in front of Walmart.
Upon arrival, OPD said they found a shirtless male asleep in a section of College Corner Pike with little to no lighting. After being roused when asked how he got there and where he lived, the male said he did not know how he got there but that he lived “just down the road,” according to OPD.
Officers reported that the suspect’s eyes were glassy and his breath smelled of alcohol, and, due to his confusion, they called the life squad. After the life squad arrived, the male refused to be transported to the hospital and told the officers he lived on South Main Street.
He was brought to the address, but the apartment was found to be dark inside and locked. Just then, the male shoved the officer with him and took off running down the alleyway, according to OPD. Four officers joined the chase. Throughout the pursuit, OPD tried to subdue him twice to no avail. During the struggle, an officer was hit in the face and bled from his nose.
The male escaped but not soon after, officers found him passed out in a yard on West Collins Street. He was taken to Butler County Jail and charged with obstructing official business and resisting arrest.