• Julian L. Hooks, 49, Gibbon, was charged with felony DWI – 0.08 within two hours, gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation-inimical to public safety and two counts of misdemeanor open bottle possession Tuesday.
Hooks’ unconditional bail was set at $25,000; $5,000 with conditions Tuesday.
According to court documents, New Ulm Police were dispatched to 2201 N. Broadway at 10:26 Dec. 12 for a suspicious vehicle report of an older, white Chevy Silverado driving by a residence three times, with the driver, whose speech was slurred, asking for someone by the name of “Nikki.”
Police noticed a truck at Quick Mart that matched the description with a West Virginia license plate and a driver with white hair and a goatee.
Brown County dispatch said the vehicle came back to a Julian L. Hooks. Officer Fleck followed the truck towards Traulich Estates and noticed it had loud exhaust and a dog in the vehicle with the suspect.
Police stopped the vehicle near the Traulich Estates entrance and identified the driver as Hooks, who stated he was guilty and had too much to drink. Officer Fleck learned from dispatch that Hooks’ driving status was canceled inimical to public safety. He failed field sobriety tests, blew a .158 preliminary breath test, was arrested and taken to the Brown County Law Enforcement Center. He was given a Data Master alcohol test that read .13.
Officer Kuester removed bottles of Jack Daniels and Jim Beam whiskey from Hooks’ vehicle. He was convicted of felony DWI-refuse to submit to chemical test, a qualified, prior impaired driving incident.