Mitchell man arrested at gunpoint for DUI after chaseMicah Darnell Barber, of Mitchell, is charged with first-offense drunken driving, eluding law enforcement, driving with a suspended license and having an open alcohol container in his vehicle.
By: Staff reports, The Daily Republic
A 32-year-old man was arrested at gunpoint after leading authorities on a short chase through the streets of Mitchell.
Micah Darnell Barber, of Mitchell, is charged with first-offense drunken driving, eluding law enforcement, driving with a suspended license and having an open alcohol container in his vehicle.
The charges stem from an incident that began when Barber allegedly refused to stop for Davison County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Harr for erratic lane driving on North Main Street.
Barber turned east onto 12th Avenue and continued for two blocks before turning south onto North Kimball Street, court documents say.
Another vehicle in front of Barber prevented him from accelerating to high speeds, and as Barber neared 11th Avenue, Mitchell Police Sgt. Scott Walton pulled in front of Barber, trapping him between the two police vehicles, the documents say.
Harr approached the vehicle with his gun drawn and ordered Barber to turn off his car, throw the keys out the window and exit the car, according to court documents.
Barber was arrested and placed in the rear seat of Harr’s vehicle.
His blood alcohol content was allegedly found to be 0.144 at the time of his arrest.
The legal limit for driving in South Dakota is 0.08.
Barber is scheduled to appear in court later this month.