The Pendleton Police Department investigated the following cases recently:
Saturday, Nov. 23
7:49 p.m., Jesse M. Davis, 70, Pendleton, was charged with habitual traffic offender, operating while intoxicated-Class C misdemeanor, refusal to submit to chemical test and leave accident scene/property damage. According to police reports, an officer was dispatched to Marsh Supermarket parking lot for a property damage accident. While en route, dispatch told the officer one of the parties was leaving the scene and that it was believed the driver might be intoxicated. The police officer located the vehicle, activated his lights and the vehicle pulled over. The driver got out of his vehicle and approached the officer, who told the man to return to his vehicle. The officer said the man seemed confused and appeared unsteady on his feet. The officer asked for a license, and the driver said he didn’t have a valid license. Dispatch confirmed that and also said there was an active warrant out for the man. The officer said there was a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the man.
According to police reports, when asked, the man admitted to drinking, and said the officer needed to take him to jail because he was drunk. The man first said he would take field sobriety tests then later refused. He then agreed to take a certified chemical test at the Madison County Jail, but once there refused. He then agreed to take a portable breath test, and upon doing so produced a result of .13 percent gram of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.
Upon speaking with the couple who reported the hit and run, they said when they were returning to their vehicle after getting something to eat they saw a truck with its tailgate very close to their vehicle; then the saw the vehicle’s front bumper was against their front bumper. A woman said she made contact with the driver and asked him to look at the damage to her vehicle.
According to police reports, the man exited his vehicle and then said he didn’t hit the couple’s vehicle. The woman then asked the man if he’d been drinking and he said yes. The woman said they needed to call the police, and the man offered her $100 not to call the police. She declined the money and said she was calling the police. The man left the area in his vehicle, and the couple followed him in their vehicle until a police car passed them and proceeded to pull over the truck.