MugShot_Raphael NewkirkOn Thursday, March 22nd, at 8:22 PM, Marshall County Officer Wozniak was on US 30 between King Road and Iris Road and witnessed a white 2007 Chevrolet passenger car traveling at 106 MPH in a posted 60 MPH zone.  The vehicle was slowed by a red traffic light at King Road, at which point the officer initiated a traffic stop.

The driver of the vehicle, 38 year old Raphael A. Newkirk of Illinois, was taken into custody for reckless driving.  During the investigation, Newkirk was found to be in possession of marijuana.  It was also determined that he was under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance. 

Raphael Newkirk was taken to the Plymouth Hospital, where he refused a certified test.  A search warrant affidavit was completed and Newkirk showed to be almost two times the legal limit of alcohol and to have marijuana in his system.  He was taken to the Marshall County Jail and processed for Operating a vehicle with a BAC of .15 or more, Operating a vehicle While Intoxicated Endangering, Operating a vehicle While Intoxicated on a Controlled Substance, Reckless Driving and Possession of Marijuana.  His cash bond was set at $4,500.

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.