COLUMBUS – An arraignment has been scheduled for a Columbus man who faces two felony and two misdemeanor charges following an incident on October 4.
49-year-old James Chapek is charged with DUI – third offense, refusal of a chemical test – third offense, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and refusal of a preliminary breath test. The charges stem from an incident on October 4 where the Columbus Police Department received a report of a hit an run accident at Cubby’s.
According to an arrest affidavit, the reporting party told officers that a tan Toyota had struck the propane locker in front of the store, then left eastbound on 27th Street. Officers traced the vehicle to Chapek, and upon locating the vehicle, observed damage on the right front bumper and the right headlight.
Chapek denied causing the accident, and officers reported the smell of alcohol coming from his breath. Pieces of headlight cover from the scene matched pieces that had been broken off of Chapek’s headlight, and Chapek refused to submit to a preliminary breath test when requested.
Chapek was arrested and transported to the Platte County Jail, where he again refused to submit to a chemical test. Upon reviewing Chapek’s driving history, officers found that he was convicted of DUI 2nd in April of 2007, and DUI 2nd refusal of a chemical test in November of 2012.
Chapek’s arraignment in the Platte County Court is scheduled for October 24 at 8:30 AM. Bond in the case has been set at $5,000 ten percent.