Police work variety of cases, arrests
Baldwin City police worked a rare accident in the intersection of U.S. Highway 56 and Sixth Street and made several non-rare driving under the influence arrests recently.
The two-vehicle accident at 12:30 p.m. Thursday occurred when an eastbound car driven by Joseph Metzen, 23, Viola, Kan., went through the stoplight and was struck by a northbound dump truck driven by Craig Worley, 48, Lawrence. Metzen got into the ambulance that responded, but did not require treatment.
Police said both vehicles sustained extensive damage and had to be towed from the scene. Traffic had to divert around the vehicles for awhile, but traffic flow did not stop.
At 1:30 a.m. Saturday, officers observed a man driving north in the 300 block of Sixth Street and the car was weaving across the center line, Police Chief Mike McKenna said.
"The officer stopped the car and a 31-year-old Baldwin man had the odor of alcohol about him," said McKenna. "He was asked to submit to a field sobriety test. He did, he failed and was charged with driving under the influence and taken to Douglas County Jail."
It was his first DUI and will be handled in Baldwin City Municipal Court.
On Dec. 5 at 12:30 a.m., an officer observed a car speeding in the 100 block of Sixth Street. The officer stopped the car in the parking lot of the Baldwin City Market.
"A 23-year-old Overland Park man had the odor of alcohol on his person," he said. "He failed a field-sobriety test, failed a breathalyzer test and was booked into Douglas County Jail for speeding, no proof of insurance and DUI."
On Nov. 17 at 11 p.m., a 35-year-old Baldwin City man was arrested for DUI in the 500 block of High Street.
"When we stopped the vehicle, you could smell an odor of alcohol," said McKenna. "He was asked to take a field sobriety test, which he failed. He was taken to Douglas County Jail. An open bottle of whisky was also found."
The man was charged with DUI, open container and speeding.
In two other alcohol-related cases, there weren't DUI charges, but citations for minor in possession of alcohol were given, both on Nov. 18.
At 12:45 a.m., someone reported a pickup swerving in the Signal Ridge subdivision. The vehicle was found in the 300 block of Sixth Street and its two occupants were getting out of the vehicle and one of them had a can of beer. Officers determined that the driver was not intoxicated, but his 19-year-old passenger was cited for MIP.
Later that morning at 2:30 a.m., a 21-year-old female came to the police station to report that her 19-year-old boyfriend had taken her cell phone.
"They had been drinking and got into an argument," he said. "The 19-year-old was cited for MIP. The officer went to the car where the young man was setting and could smell alcohol from him."
Baldwin police also made another arrest at 1:45 a.m. Dec. 3, but it did not involve alcohol.
"An officer observed a pickup whose driver was committing a traffic violation at Sixth and Ames streets," said McKenna. "He stopped the truck at Signal Ridge and Road 1055 and did a routine check of the driver."
Brian Murray, 24, Atchison, was arrested on a warrant for criminal threat in Atchison County. Murray was arrested and taken to county jail.
A caretaker at Oakwood Cemetery reported to police Dec. 1 that someone had broken into the tool shed there and took a gas container with two gallons of gas in it. Total loss was listed at $11.