Five arrested at local sobriety checkpoint
Five people were arrested in less than an hour on Saturday at a sobriety checkpoint in Mitchell.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol ran the checkpoint, located on the state Highway 37 bypass near its intersection with West Third Avenue.
At 1:30 a.m., 42-year-old Todd Thurston was arrested after a Highway Patrol trooper found he was allegedly driving with a blood alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit.
According to court documents, Thurston admitted to consuming alcohol earlier in the night and failed a series of sobriety tests. He was later found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.156. The legal limit for driving in South Dakota is 0.08.
Thurston is charged with first-offense drunken driving.
At 1:45 a.m., 19-year-old Phoenix Sigmund and 19-year-old Austin Emmett, both of Mitchell, were arrested after a trooper allegedly noticed the odor of marijuana coming from their vehicle.
Sigmund, the driver, initially denied smoking marijuana but later admitted there was a bag of marijuana in the vehicle, court documents say. A pipe was also allegedly found in Sigmund's vehicle.
Sigmund is charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Emmett, the passenger, is charged with possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and underage consumption of alcohol.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old Dylan Lancer, of Mitchell, was also arrested at 1:45 a.m. after another trooper allegedly smelled the odor of marijuana coming from his vehicle.
According to court documents, Lancer admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the night, and a bag of marijuana and two glass pipes were later found in his vehicle.
Lancer is charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
At 2:24 a.m., 25-year-old Christopher Nowlin was arrested after a trooper allegedly found an open beer can between the front seats of his vehicle.
Nowlin is charged with having an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle and driving with a revoked driver's license.