Police make several arrests
After a New Years weekend without a driving under the influence arrest, Baldwin police notched the first two DUI arrests of 2007 over the weekend. They also had the third arrest of the year for domestic violence.
At 3 a.m. Saturday, an officer spotted a vehicle in the 200 block of Sixth Street that was swerving across the centerline. The vehicle was followed and continued to swerve. The 21-year-old Baldwin City man was stopped.
"There was a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle," said Police Chief Mike McKenna. "The officer asked the man to step out of the car. He failed a field sobriety test and was taken to Douglas County Jail where he failed a breathalyzer test. He was jailed for DUI."
At 9:30 p.m. Sunday, officers received a call regarding a disturbance in the 1200 block of Summit Street. A pickup left the scene and was found in the 1200 block of High Street, where it was stopped.
"The driver had a strong odor of alcohol about his person," said McKenna. "He was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. He was transported to Douglas County Jail where he failed a breathalyzer test."
The 21-year-old Wellsville man was jailed for DUI, he said.
On Friday at around 10 p.m., officers made a traffic stop for speeding in the 1000 block of Sixth Street. An open bottle of beer was found and the 20-year-old Cimarron man was cited for open container and speeding, said McKenna.
The domestic violence case occurred Jan. 2. Police were called at 5:45 p.m. to the 300 block of Washington regarding a disturbance. A 35-year-old woman told police that a 41-year-old man had shoved her and damaged a counter top. The Baldwin City man was arrested for domestic battery and criminal damage to property and taken to Douglas County Jail, McKenna said.
Between 3 p.m. Jan. 3 and 4 p.m. Jan. 4, someone vandalized a fire extinguisher that was on a piece of equipment at the Midland Railroad. The extinguisher was discharged and the top broken. Damage was listed at $50.