Richard Eugene Mehlum was arrested for driving while intoxicated.
Lunchtime DWI, GOODRICH, January 15, 2009 - At approximately 12 noon on January 15, 2009 a white 1997 Ford F-150 truck driven by Richard Eugene Mehlum, 42, of Houston was south-bound on US-59 in Goodrich when his truck left the road to the left, drove through the grassy median, into the lanes of oncoming traffic in the north-bound lanes of 59 and slid to a stop in the grass on the right side of 59 North. Americare Ambulance was dispatched, but Mehlum was physically okay....(other than he was heavily intoxicated). Mehlum's vehicle had a heavy smell of alcohol. DPS Trooper Sam Lattner was dispatched to the scene along with Polk County Sheriff's Deputies, Thomas Toomey and Mark Dubose. Lattner administered a field sobriety test to Mehlum and Mehlum flunked. Mehlum was placed in cuffs, loaded in a car, driven to Polk County Jail and booked in for driving while intoxicated. One lane of traffic was blocked as the accident was being investigated and cleared. Mehlum did have insurance and his vehicle was towed by a rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing and his truck will be stored at Harrison's Body Shop in downtown Livingston. The scene was cleared and traffic fully flowing shortly before 1 pm.
The sign on Mehlum's vehicle says it all.
Whisky bottle (drained).
Deputy Mark Dubose was first law man on the scene.
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