A 33-year-old Arnold man was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated after he reportedly was driving a car on Hwy. 141, struck another vehicle and drove away. The man had two prior DWI convictions, Arnold Police reported.
At about 9:25 p.m. April 18, a 64-year-old Florissant woman contacted an Arnold Police officer who was patrolling the Lowe’s parking lot, 920 Arnold Commons Drive, and told him her 2017 Chevrolet Trax had just been hit by a car. She said she was stopped at a red light on the northbound Hwy. 141 overpass and the suspect was in a 2001 Chevrolet Impala next to her in the left-left turn for southbound I-55. However, when the light turned green, the man didn’t turn onto the interstate and instead drove north and struck the back driver-side of her SUV, the report said.
The woman pulled over to check her SUV, which sustained an estimated $1,000 worth of damage. She then followed the man in the Impala, who turned onto Old Lemay Ferry Road and then into the Arnold Commons shopping plaza before stopping in the parking lot outside the St. Louis Bread Co. restaurant, 909 Arnold Commons Drive, Arnold Police reported.
The officer saw the Impala parked outside the restaurant and a man standing next to the car. The officer said the Impala had damage to the passenger side, and the man smelled like alcohol. The driver allegedly told the officer he did not hit a car and the damage to the Impala happened after he struck a curb, the report said.
The man allegedly refused to take field sobriety tests, but the officer arrested him. The officer also discovered the man had been convicted of felonies in August 2014 and in October 2015 for driving while impaired in Jefferson County, according to the report.
The officer also allegedly found a bag containing a leafy substance believed to be marijuana in the Impala, the report said.
The man was taken to the Police Station, where he was booked and released pending application for warrants. Depending on results of the drug analysis, Arnold Police will seek charges against the man through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for DWI-persistent offender, leaving the scene of an accident, driving without proof of insurance and possession of a controlled substance, Detective Lt. Jason Valentine said.
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