A Newton man was arrested early this morning after he was stopped for making an illegal left turn and for an equipment violation. At 2:17 am, Officer Joseph Pensado was on routine patrol traveling south on Main Street when he observed a red 1999 Volkswagen Jetta make an illegal left hand turn onto Sparta Avenue. As the officer traveled behind the vehicle, he observed that the car did not have any functioning brake lights.
The suspect vehicle then made an abrupt right turn into a Bank parking lot, traveling through the drive thru and then making a fast right back onto Sparta Avenue. The officer stopped the vehicle a short time later. The operator, 26-year-old Derek Prall was unable to respond to the officer’s question due to his high level of intoxication. When Prall was directed to exit the vehicle an open can of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer fell on the floor of the vehicle.
The officer attempted to conduct a series of Field Sobriety Tests but had to terminate the testing for safety concerns because Prall was having a difficult time maintaining his balance just to stand. He was placed under arrest for DWI and transported to police headquarters for processing.
Prall submitted to breath testing yielding a reading that was almost four times more than the legal limit. Prall was charged with; DWI, Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle, Careless Driving, Improper Left Turn and Maintenance of Lamps. Due to his high Blood Alcohol Level, he was transported to the Newton Medical Center by the Sparta first Aid Squad where he was admitted for treatment. Officers Frank Schomp and Mark Mastandrea assisted at the scene.