SIOUX CENTER—Two Sioux Center men were arrested about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, May 2, following a report about them possibly being intoxicated.
The arrests of 23-year-old Alvaro R. Morales Martin and 19-year-old Julio Ceasar Morales stemmed from a report from the Shell Sioux-Per Center saying the two men were driving a vehicle without plates, according to the Sioux Center Police Department.
An officer located the vehicle, a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, parked on the 700 block of First Avenue Northwest with Morales Martin in the driver’s seat.
He had bloodshot, watery eyes and the odor of an alcoholic beverage and failed preliminary sobriety tests.
Morales Martin said he had just driven there and he had consumed five to six beers, according to the incident report. There also was an opened bottle of Corona in the center console cupholder.
He charged with first-offense operating while under the influence; driving while barred; driving while his license was denied, suspended, canceled or revoked; driving without high-risk insurance; and no valid driver’s license.
Ceasar Morales was sitting in the passenger seat and appeared to be asleep.
When the officer asked if he was all right, Morales Martin said Ceasar Morales had been drinking and consumed a lot of alcohol, according to the incident report.
A Sioux County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived and tried to talk to Ceasar Morales, but he refused to give his name and tried to flee. He was brought back to the vehicle and jumped inside, closed the door and locked it, but the police officer had the keys to unlock it, according to the incident report.
Ceasar Morales then resisted being handcuffed and continued to refuse to provide any information until he was transported to the county jail in Orange City.
He was charged with first-offense possession/purchase of alcohol under legal age and interference with official acts.