• Ryan C. Hackathorn, 31, of Newton was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated at 1:46 a.m. Saturday. According to a police report, Hackathorn’s vehicle was pulled over by law enforcement at his residence at 514 E. 10th St. S. Police said Hackathorn had bloodshot and watery eyes during the stop. He reportedly failed sobriety testing, and a DataMaster test showed Hackathorn had a blood alcohol content of .133. He also was charged with driving while license suspended in the incident. Hackathorn was released to appear in court.
• Kyle D. Miller, 20, of Newton was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and possession of alcohol underage (second offense) at 10:21 p.m. May 16. According to a police report, Miller’s vehicle was stopped by law enforcement in the 400 block of North Eighth Avenue East for inoperable license plate lights. Police said Miller had slurred speech, smelled of alcohol and had watery, bloodshot eyes during the traffic stop. Miller reportedly failed sobriety testing, and his blood alcohol content was over .08, according to a field breathalyzer. Officers also found a plastic cup containing Jack Daniels whiskey and Coke. He was taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• Two Jasper County residents were charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated at 12:57 a.m. Sunday after witnesses attempted to keep the subjects from driving out of the Newton Perkins’ parking lot. According to a police report, 48-year-old Jane M. Fuchs of Baxter and 47-year-old Danny P. Bergloff of Newton failed sobriety testing and had strong odors of alcohol during a police interview. Witnesses told officers that they stood by the vehicle so it could not leave that parking lot. Police said the reporting party observed Bergloff in the driver’s seat, and after their attempt to leave failed, Fuchs climbed into the driver’s seat and tried to drive off. Investigators indicated that Bergloff later showed a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .160 after a DataMaster test, and Fuchs’ BAC equaled .127. Both subjects were taken to the Jasper County Jail.
• William H. Whitley, 40, of Newton was arrested and charged with possession of a dangerous weapon at 6:20 p.m. Sunday after he was reportedly in a physical altercation with 30-year-old Brandon D. Robertson of Newton at 1714 W. Fourth St. N. According to a police report, authorities found the subject with a pair of brass knuckles at the scene and a handgun that Whitley said he found on the ground during the fight. Robertson was charged with disorderly conduct for his involvement in the altercation. Police did not report who had possession of the gun before it hit the ground. Both men were taken to the Jasper County Jail.
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