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A 31-year-old Johnson County man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly driving drunk on a moped.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department says that just before 11 p.m. Sunday, a deputy noticed a moped carrying two people going too fast on State Road 135 at Smith Valley Road. The deputy pulled the vehicle over and spoke with the driver, Joshua L. Marksberry of Whiteland. The deputy reported that Marksberry smelled of alcohol. After running a check of the driver, the deputy learned that Marksberry was listed as an habitual traffic violator.
Marksberry was subjected to a field sobriety test, which he reportedly failed. He then submitted to a portable breath test which registered Marksberry's blood-alcohol content (BAC) at .216. Upon being informed of his BAC, Marksberry allegedly became belligerent and started swearing at the deputy, who placed him in cuffs and transported him to the Johnson County Jail. When they arrived at the jail, Marksberry refused to take the certified BAC test.
Authorities were able to get a search warrant and took Marksberry to Johnson Memorial Hospital for a blood draw. Marksberry was allegedly combative and disrespectful to officers and hospital staff, but medical personnel were ultimately able to draw two vials of blood from the suspect.
Marksberry was then returned to the Johnson County Jail and booked on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated with endangerment, as well as operating while an habitual traffic violator.
Marksberry's moped was towed and his passenger, 32-year-old Melissa Pittman, was driven to Bargersville by another officer. The results of Marksberry's blood test was not immediately available.
Last Updated: Monday, August 19, 2013 2:09:35 PM
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