LOUISVILLE – A Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested a suspected drunk driver early Thursday morning after a brief car chase on Highway 50.
The deputy stopped behind a vehicle that appeared to be in need of roadside assistance at 1:40 a.m. The car was parked at the intersection of Highway 50 and Lefler Lane south of Louisville. The deputy began to walk toward the vehicle to speak to the motorist when the car took off and began to drive along the shoulder of Highway 50.
The deputy returned to the squad car and began pursuing the silver Hyundai Elantra on the northbound lane of the highway. The pursuit reached speeds of 35 miles per hour and ended at the intersection of Highway 50 and North Timber Ridge Drive. There were California license plates attached to the car.
Authorities spoke with the driver after the car stopped. They removed Mark A. Dobson, 47, from the vehicle without incident. Deputies smelled the odor of alcohol from Dobson’s breath and reported several other signs of alleged intoxication. They arrested Dobson for driving under the influence of alcohol and transported him to Cass County Jail.
Authorities searched the car prior to having it towed. They found several pill bottles that either had the labels removed or were in someone else’s name. They also located drug paraphernalia and marijuana with a weight of less than one ounce.
Dobson was booked into Cass County Jail and charged with four offenses. These include DUI-aggravated-second offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance-marijuana-less than one ounce and possession of narcotic with a removed label. A date for a preliminary hearing has not yet been set in Cass County Court.