City man pleads to third DUI for August chase
COLUMBUS — A Columbus man pleaded no contest to drunken driving and fleeing to avoid arrest after leading police on an August chase down south-side streets and through residential yards before crashing into a fence.
Caleb Blomberg, 27, entered his pleas in Platte County District Court to flight to avoid arrest and third-offense driving under the influence in connection with the chase that began on 11th Street shortly before 12:45 a.m. Aug. 11 and ended in the 1500 block of Ninth Street.
Judge Robert Steinke scheduled Blomberg for sentencing Feb. 2.
Flight to avoid arrest is a Class I misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The DUI also carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, with a mandatory minimum of 90 days behind bars.
Blomberg was previously convicted of DUI in Lancaster County in July 2016 and Collin County, Texas, in August 2016.
According to court documents, the chase began with Blomberg’s Dodge Ram pickup traveling at a high rate of speed down 11th Street with Columbus Police Office Alysson Norris in pursuit.
The officer wrote in her probable cause arrest statement that the fleeing Blomberg refused to stop, eventually veering across a couple of yards before crashing into a wooden fence in the 1500 block of Ninth Street.
The city man, who then fled on foot, was arrested when officers found him walking toward his residence in the 1700 block of Second Street.