Deputy Makemson Arrests Habitual DUI Offender
On March 30, 2015 at approximately 7:40 p.m., Deputy James Makemson observed a black Dodge Avenger turning from Blue Bell Avenue onto Bork Memorial Drive, crossing over the double yellow line into the deputy's lane, nearly striking the front of his patrol vehicle. Deputy Makemson observed at this time that the driver was not wearing a seat belt.
Deputy Makemson turned his patrol vehicle around and began pursuit. At this time, the driver of the Avenger observed the deputy turning around and consequently, began a heavy acceleration east, down Bork Memorial Drive. The high rate of speed clearly appeared to be an effort to evade law enforcement.
During the pursuit, Deputy Makemson's vehicle reached a top speed of 80 mph in a 25 mph zone in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The deputy activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to make a traffic stop. The vehicle slowed and turned south onto Pattentown Road; the driver of the vehicle seemed hesitant to stop but finally did so at Pattentown Road and Sue Drive.
Upon making contact with the driver, later identified as Michael Shahan, Deputy Makemson observed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver. The driver was initially detained due to the fact that he had attempted to evade law enforcement.
Deputy Makemson made contact with the other passengers in the vehicle; front seat passenger, Kaitlynn Masters and back seat passenger Timothy Hogan. She stated that the vehicle belonged to her and that Shahan had told her that he "was going to drive to the store." Kaitlynn stated that she "didn't know where they were coming from."
During field sobriety tests administered to Mr. Shahan, Deputy Makemson observed some clues of impairment and asked the subject how old he was. Mr. Shahan stated that he was 19 years old. When asked how much alcohol he had consumed, Mr. Shahan stated that he had consumed "three since three".
Based on Michael's age, statements, and his performance on the tests, it was determined that Mr. Shahan was too impaired to be operating a motor vehicle safely. He was placed into custody for his 2nd offense of driving under the influence; the subject has a previous conviction for DUI, as well as vehicular assault. Mr. Shahan's license is also revoked for the first DUI and vehicular assault.
Ms.Masters gave verbal consent to search the vehicle and a marijuana roach was located in the center console; Masters stated the roach was not hers. The back seat passenger, Timothy Hogan, also denied that the marijuana roach was his.
Both Masters and Hogan were issued misdemeanor citations for possession of marijuana. Shahan was read his Miranda rights and also denied possession of the roach. Shahan signed an implied consent form and provided a blood sample at the jail. Shahan was transported to the jail and charged with failure to maintain lane, seat belt law, speeding, evading arrest, driving on revoked license, driving under the influence – 2nd offense, drinking under age, and possession of marijuana. The marijuana roach and blood sample were placed into property at the East Sector.