The Marshall County Sheriffâ€™s Department received a 9-1-1 emergency call Sunday evening about 5 from a concerned caller advising that a white Ford Expedition was driving poorly. The caller believed that the driver was impaired.
Officer Les McFarland located the vehicle in question and made a traffic stop on the 2003 Ford Expedition in the area of State Road 17 and Queen Road. During the traffic stop, Officer McFarland suspected that the driver, Dennis L. Maddox, age 59 of Walkerton was intoxicated. Officer McFarland transported Mr. Maddox to the St. Joseph Regional Hospital for a chemical test. Dennis L. Maddox was then arrested for OWI. A case report will be completed and forwarded to the Marshall County Prosecutorâ€™s Office for formal charges to be completed.
Readers are reminded that charging information supported by an affidavit of probable cause is merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and that there is only probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. They are presumed innocent throughout the proceedings and are entitled to be represented by counsel and entitled to a trial by jury at which the State is obligated to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a judgment of guilt may be made.