Wild Ride Lands Intoxicated Scooter Driver In Jail

Layman (2011)JASPER (NNDC) – An impaired motor scooter operator was eventually taken into custody but not after taking police on a nearly 10 block chase.

JPD says it was notified of a three-wheeler traveling north on one-way south bound Jackson Street at 7th shortly before 9pm Sunday. The caller to JPD believed the scooter’s operator was intoxicated. JPD says the caller said the three-wheeler was swerving all over the roadway. At one time the scooter’s driver dropped his hat on the street and fell over trying to reach down to pick it up.

Police say the scooter almost caused two accidents.

JPD officers located the scooter heading north Mill Street near 11th Street and attempted to stop the scooter, but a the scooter driver continued north on Mill running stop signs at 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th streets.

The scooter operator was then forced to stop at 16th and Mill for traffic.
Police then ordered the driver off the scooter but he refused and a short struggle ensured.

The driver of the scooter was 51-year old John Layman Jr. of Jasper.

Police says Layman was belligerent and argumentative. He refused to adhere to field sobriety tests at the scene.

He was taken to Memorial Hospital for further BAC testing and to receive treatment for injuries he received from struggling with police.
Police while at Memorial Layman was also belligerent with hospital staff. Also when a warrant arrived at the hospital ordering blood and urine samples, police say Layman refused to comply with the judge’s order.

Layman is charged with Level 6 felony counts of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, obstruction of justice and operating while intoxicated with a prior conviction within the last five years), plus misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated, operating while intoxicated with endangerment, disorderly conduct, reckless driving and resisting arrest and resisting arrest with use of a vehicle.

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