Following a Saturday incident, a 27-year-old Ketchikan man faces multiple charges, including first-degree vehicle theft, drunk driving, leaving the scene of an accident, evading and resisting arrest, and driving with a revoked license.
According to the complaint filed in court by Sgt. Bob Cheatam, police were called to the American Legion to investigate a possible drunk driver in a white Ford F-150. Cheatam writes that when he arrived, the driver put the truck in reverse and gunned the engine, hitting a flagpole.
The driver then allegedly put the truck into drive and made a sharp left, hitting Cheatam’s police vehicle and causing minor damage. According to the complaint, the driver, identified as Darren Baines, then headed onto Bawden Street, and did not stop at the direction of other police officers in marked vehicles with lights and sirens activated.
Cheatam writes that Baines later was found at Safeway. According to the complaint, Baines ran from officers and had to be taken down to the floor. The complaint states that he continued to resist arrest, and it was a struggle to take him into custody.
Cheatam writes that Baines had a breath alcohol content of 0.175.
Police say that the truck was allegedly stolen. Baines has prior convictions of drunk driving and vehicle theft, according to court records.
Baines had his first court appearance Monday afternoon. His next scheduled hearing is July 12th.