Drunk driver report results in two arrests

Two Nashville men were arrested Aug. 16 after driving when they shouldn’t have.

Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Eggebrecht and Nashville Police Officer Richard King were responding to a report of a possible drunk driver when King saw a motorcycle sitting on the side of State Road 46 East.

Eggebrecht caught up to the suspect vehicle, driven by Robert K. Hessman, 56, of West Gould Street. A breath test showed his blood-alcohol content to be 0.24, three times the legal limit. He was arrested.

King returned to the motorcycle. The driver, Gary Benefiel, 68, of Wells Drive, told King he was driving down 46 East when his bike began to smoke. He figured it had no oil, so Benefiel told the officer that he and Hessman had gone to get some before going to the laundromat, the report said.

The motorcycle still would not start. The officer checked the registration and it showed it belonged to a Kokomo woman. King also learned that Benefiel had his driver’s license revoked for life because of being a habitual traffic law violator.

Benefiel was arrested. While searching him, King reported finding 15-and-a-half Clonazepam pills, a controlled substance. Benefiel said he had a prescription, but he could not show proof, according to the probable cause affidavit.

On Aug. 17, Benefiel was charged with operating a motor vehicle after forfeiture of license for life, a Level 5 felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor.

Hessman was charged with two alcohol-related misdemeanors.