Arriving at the scene, Officer Nick Laffoon found that an off duty officer had performed a traffic stop on a vehicle that was driving erratically in this area.
The driver of the vehicle was 45 year old Charles W. Dekoker of Knox. Probable cause was obtained that he had operated a vehicle while intoxicated. He was transported to the Marshall County Jail where a certified breath test confirmed the officer’s suspicion. Dekoker was lodged at the Marshall County Jail for Operating While Intoxicated Endangering a Person and held on a $1,500 cash bond.
The Marshall County Police Department was assisted at the scene by an Indiana Conservation Officer and the Plymouth Police Department.
Listeners and 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.