Baldwin City Police Officer Kristen Demacek turned a routine traffic stop into a laundry list of charges against a 26-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man Saturday night.
Demecek noticed a car with no lighted license plate in the 200 block of 10th Street. She pulled the car over.
"The driver had a strong odor of alcohol about him," said Police Chief Mike McKenna. "He was unsteady on his feet. He failed a field sobriety test."
Upon further investigation of the car, the officer found a lot -- including that the driver, Mathew Richesin, had been arrested before. It was at least his third arrest for driving under the influence. He was also charged for no tag, driving while revoked, no proof of insurance, possession of drugs (non prescription), driving while suspended and transporting an open container of alcohol, McKenna said.
Richesin was taken to Douglas County Jail where he remains. Another charge is pending, as well, after laboratory tests to confirm what else was found.
"He had one plastic bag of leafy green vegetation that looked like marijuana to the untrained eye," said McKenna.
Also, the police department received word regarding the truck that had been stolen just before the Maple Leaf Festival Oct. 15 from Toby's Amusement, which provides the carnival for the festival every year. The truck was found in Des Moines, Iowa, last week.
"We thought he would go to Wichita, but he went to Des Moines, Iowa, instead," McKenna said of the carnival worker believed to have stolen the truck. The suspect hasn't been found.
"No, not yet," he said.