A Jasper man is now facing numerous felony charges after riding a scooter while under the influence of drugs.
At about 10 o’clock yesterday morning, a Dubois County Sheriff’s deputy saw a man operating a scooter commit multiple traffic violations as he went by. The deputy then caught up with the man (63-year-old Leon Mehling) when Mehling pulled into the driveway of his residence along East 15th Street in Jasper.
The deputy suspected that Mehling had been operating while intoxicated and called for help from a Jasper Police K-9 officer. After arriving at the scene, the K-9 indicated that there were narcotics on the scooter. Mehling then became uncooperative and even combative as the investigation continued. Officers tried to arrest him, but Mehling continually resisted the handcuffs and was eventually tazed. An assisting Jasper police officer suffered scratches on a hand after being kicked by Mehling.
After searching Mehling, police confirmed their suspictions as they found a baggie of methamphetamine on him. Mehling was then taken to Memorial Hospital for a blood test.
The story doesn’t quite end here though. Mehling refused the blood test and even refused to cooperate after the investigating officer sought and was given a search warrant.
Mehling was eventually lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He faces 6 Level 6 felonies. These are Operating While Intoxicated, Operating While HTV For Life, Obstruction of Justice, Resisting Law Enforcement Causing Injury to an Officer, Battery Causing Injury to an Officer, and Possession of Methamphetamine.
Sheriff’s deputies were assisted by Jasper Police, Jasper First Responders, and Memorial Hospital EMS.