Deputies: Clayton Man Charged With DWI, Suggests Stopping For Beer
A Clayton area man led Jefferson Coiunty Sheriff's deputies on a chase Saturday night that ended when the department's K-9 dog found him, deputies said.
Michael H. Meeks was charged with driving while intoxicated as a felony. Deputies said Meeks had a 2006 conviction for DWI.
Here's what happened, based on the paperwork submitted by the deputies:
Meeks' pick up truck was spotted on Route 12 in the Town of Pamelia about 8:30 pm, veering back and forth across the yellow center lines, as well as the white line on the edge of the road.
When the deputy tried to stop the truck, it pulled into a driveway near Mustard Road and the driver bolted into the woods.
Because the brush was thick, deputies - by that time more had arrived - had a hard time catching the driver. They set up a perimeter, and a K-9 dog found the man.
Meeks35 of Route 12E, refused to take any alcohol tests, deputies said.
Deputies note that Meeks said he had not consumed alcohol, though they said there was a strong odor of alcohol present. They also report he asked to stop at "the Fairgrounds Inn so he could have a beer."
Meeks was issued tickets to appear in court at a later date.
Monday, September 26, 2016, Watertown, NY
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