By NATHAN GREGORY
Starkville Police Department officers arrested Beau Martin, 26, of Oxford, for driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance Thursday morning at after he made contact with a marked vehicle while being pursued by another officer.
Martin also had a warrant from 2008 for having an open container in his vehicle.
At 12:46 a.m. Thursday, SPD DUI officer Brooke Manigold said she was following a white 2011 Ford F-150 traveling east on Highway 182 which appeared to be taking a left turn on Old West Point Road.
“I was assisting another officer when I saw the truck down the center lane of the road on Highway 182. I thought it needed to be looked at because it looked like the truck was rocking ... It was kind of unusual. (I) whipped up into the parking lot. He waited for the light to turn green so I could go, then he pulled out spinning tires over into the turn lane again. It looked like he was going to make a right turn onto Old West Point but ended up making a really wide right turn ... and ended up hitting (SPD DUI officer) Shane Kelly.”
Kelly was driving a marked Ford Expedition, which is one of SPD’s largest vehicles.
“(The vehicle) made an extremely wide turn and nearly hit me head on in the northbound lane. After making contact with my vehicle, the vehicle put it in reverse and continued south on Old West Point Road,” Kelly said. “The other officer was trying to get him stopped before he hit me. He finally stopped at the fence of the Texaco station. He was well off, well on his way.”
SPD Chief David Lindley said there were no injuries as a result of the accident.
“We arrest hundreds of drunk drivers every year, and we have two full-time DUI officers that work particularly during the evening hours,” Lindley said. “I would have to say this was the unluckiest individual I can recall in quite some time because he had pulled out of a bar in front of a DUI officer, and as that officer was following him and developing probable cause for a possible stop, he in fact gave her the probable cause she needed by running into the second DUI officer ... I don’t know of anybody that’s had that much bad luck in quite some time, but no one was hurt, and we’re glad for that.”
Martin was transported to Oktibbeha County Jail after his arrest. He appeared in Starkville Municipal Court Thursday, where his case was continued until March 22.