WASHINGTON CITY – Washington City Police arrested a 30-year-old man Saturday after he left the scene of a series of collisions and assaulted a police officer in the wake of an alleged drunken stupor.
Officers were dispatched to a traffic collision where a suspect, later identified as Delbert Jack Nookie, crashed into a vehicle and then fled the scene, according to a probable cause statement filed by the Washington City Police Department in support of the arrest.
During the course of the investigation, at least three witnesses reported seeing Nookie pull his car out of a parking lot stall, the statement said. In his attempt to get out of the stall as well as the parking lot, Nookie reportedly hit into a car parked in the lot before crashing into a fence.
Nookie then proceeded onto the streets, the statement said, where he subsequently hit into the back of another vehicle that was stopped at a red light approximately two blocks away and then, ultimately, fled the scene.
Nookie and his vehicle were located at his residence in Washington.
When police went to speak with Nookie, he began to walk away. When they tried to detain Nookie, he resisted and elbowed an officer in the face, according to the probable cause statement.
Backup was called, and Nookie was taken to the back of a patrol car.
“While I was escorting Delbert to my vehicle,” the arresting officer wrote in the statement, “I had to help him maintain balance. Delbert had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person. I also observed that Delbert had very blood shot eyes, and his speech was very slurred.”
Upon performing a search of Nookie’s criminal history, officers learned he had two prior DUI convictions within the last 10 years, a revoked driver’s license, an ignition interlock restriction and an alcohol restricted driver restriction, the statement said. Additionally, upon searching Nookie’s vehicle, officers located an open container of alcohol.
Nookie was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
He was charged with a third-degree felony for a third subsequent offense of driving under the influence of alcohol; a class A misdemeanor for assault against a police officer; four class B misdemeanors for interfering with an arresting officer, driving on a revoked driver’s license, alcohol restricted driver and failure to install an ignition interlock device; and two class C misdemeanors for open container of alcohol in vehicle and failure to remain at the scene of a crash.
Nookie made his initial court appearance in 5th District Court Monday afternoon.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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