Joseph Daggett

Joseph Daggett

SHELDON—A 34-year-old Sibley man was arrested about 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, in Sheldon on charges of possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine — third or subsequent offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing prosecution or defense and interference with official acts — bodily injury.

The arrest of Joseph Lee Daggett stemmed from a welfare check after he appeared to be passed out in the driver’s seat of a 2008 Saturn Vue on the 200 block of Wansink Avenue in Sheldon, according to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.

Daggett woke up and seemed nervous and confused with pinpoint pupils and the whites of his eyes being a solid red, according to the incident report.

The deputy suspected Daggett was under the influence of an illegal substance, and during a pat search for weapons before starting field sobriety tests, he found the round bulb of a meth pipe in the front pocket of his hoodie.

When the deputy tried to handcuff Daggett, he began to resist and fight.

During this struggle the individual would not show his hands and swallowed an unknown amount of what was suspected to be illegal narcotics he pulled from his hoodie pocket. He later stated the substance he swallowed was meth.

A Sheldon Police Department officer arrived to assist and eventually a Taser was deployed and Daggett was placed in handcuffs.

Daggett was transported to the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center emergency room.

A search warrant was obtained for blood and urine samples, which were sent to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory in Ankeny for testing.

Daggett then was transported to the county jail in Primghar.

The deputy sustained a cut on his nose and an abrasion on his left knee as a result of the fight, according to the incident report.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new information.