Mitchell man arrested for third DUIJarrett Noem is charged with third-offense drunken driving, a felony with a maximum punishment of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.
By: Staff reports, The Daily Republic
A 22-year-old Mitchell man was arrested March 16 for third-offense drunken driving.
Jarrett Noem is charged with third-offense drunken driving, a felony with a maximum punishment of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.
According to court documents, a Mitchell police officer saw Noem stopped at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Main Street at approximately 2:24 a.m., and the traffic signals made two full cycles before Noem made a turn. The officer then saw Noem leave his lane near Third Avenue and Lawler Street and drive on the side of the road where cars are normally parked, court documents say.
During a traffic stop, the officer noticed Noem smelled of alcohol and that his eyes were very bloodshot, court documents say. Noem later told the officer he had drank 13 or 14 beers at a bar in Mitchell. His blood alcohol content was found to be 0.163 around the time of his arrest. The legal limit for driving in South Dakota is 0.08.
Noem performed poorly on a series of field sobriety tests and was arrested. An open bottle of beer was found inside the vehicle, court documents say.