Car revs leads to seventh DUI
by Greg Marsten
Leader staff writer
TURTLE LAKE – Reports of a man revving his car engine and driving recklessly in a Turtle Lake tavern parking lot led an arrest of the driver for his seventh driving while intoxicated charge, which is a felony.
According to the Turtle Lake Police report, the incident occurred early in the morning on May 26 at a Turtle Lake tavern, and as police arrived, they found the vehicle in question, with Lonnie Benjamin, 41, Luck, attempting to leave the lot.
Subsequent statements and clues led to police administering a portable breath test on Benjamin, rustling in a reading almost three times the legal limit.
Benjamin has six previous DUI convictions, and while he has a legal driver's license, he had a very low legal threshold for alcohol, due to previous probation requirements.
He was arrested and is now facing a felony seventh DUI charge. He made an initial appearance in Polk County Circuit Court on May 28 before Judge Jeffery Anderson, who set a $2,500 bond and scheduled a June 7 preliminary hearing, where the evidence will be presented for the judge to decide if prosecutors can proceed to trial.
Benjamin was also issued several traffic violations in regard to vehicle equipment issues and driving that led to the initial calls to police.