COLUMBUS – A district court judge told a Columbus man convicted of third-offense drunken driving and leading police on a wild chase last August that he was being given an “opportunity” at probation and to use it wisely.
Platte County Judge Robert Steinke told 27-year-old Caleb Blomberg to “make good use of (the opportunity)” after telling the defendant the court would be justified in sentencing him to a lengthy jail sentence for the DUI and fleeing to avoid arrest convictions.
“Your driving (that night) jeopardized the safety of anyone on the highways at that time,” Steinke said before sentencing Blomberg to two years of probation, 30 days in the county jail, commencing on Friday, and a $1,000 fine.
The judge said the sentence he imposed took into account the “totality” of the record, including the facts the defendant held a good job, project manager for major local remodeling project, and had taken steps to deal with his medical and emotional issues.
The judge urged Blomberg to remain motivated to follow through on the recommendations of an alcohol abuse evaluation prepared for the court.
Blomberg pleaded no contest in December leading police on a chase last August down south-side streets and through residential yards before coming to rest after knocking down a fence.
Flight to avoid arrest is a Class I misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year imprisonment and a $1,000 fines. The DUI also carries up to a year in jail Class W misdemeanor.
Blomberg was previously convicted of DUI in Lancaster County in July 2016 and in Collin County, Texas, in August 2016.
According to court documents, the chase began with Blomberg’s Dodge Ram pickup traveling at a high rate of speed down 11th Street with Columbus Police Office Alysson Norris in pursuit.