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Salem Police: Drunk Driver Didn't Have License

Last updated on Saturday, February 23, 2013

(SALEM) - A man arrested on drunk driving and other charges last week had no business behind the wheel.

Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, of the Leader-Democrat reports, according to police, he has never held an Indiana driver's license and his South Carolina license is suspended.

Kawlija Starrett, 32, 4849 Blue River Church Rd., Pekin, is charged with two felonies: operating a vehicle while intoxicated/ prior and possession of a controlled substance. He also faces misdemeanor charges of OWI and OWI .15 or above.

Early Feb. 16, Salem City Police Officer Chris Cauble was southbound on South Main Street when his radar clocked a northbound pickup traveling 49 mph in a zone with a speed limit of 30. Cauble turned around and got behind the truck, which pulled into Wendy's. Cauble's report says as he spoke with Starrett, he noticed a beer can in the cup holder. Starrett's speech was slurred and he had a strong odor of alcohol about his person.

Starrett failed field sobriety tests and a breath test registered his BAC at .17; more than twice Indiana's legal limit of .08.

Starrett was transported to St. Vincent Salem Hospital, where a blood alcohol test showed his level at .23. He also tested positive for opiates. He was found to be in possession of schedule III narcotics.

Starrett has a 2011 convic-tion for OWI, according to the report. He remains incarcerated at the Washington County Detention Center awaiting his first court appearance.

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