Man with 5 DWI convictions arrested for DWI

An Olathe, Kan. man is facing a felony driving while intoxicated charge after another arrest on March 10 near Argosy Casino.

According to court documents, Ruben Mejia, 55, was driving on Argosy Casino Parkway just after 10 p.m., on March 10 when a Riverside officer witnessed the van Mejia was driving cross the center line twice, nearly striking an oncoming vehicle head on.

The officer initiated a stop and noticed a strong smell of alcohol when Mejia opened the door, instead of rolling the window down. She further witnessed bloodshot eyes. When asked if he had been drinking Mejia allegedly stated, ‘Just a little at the casino.’

Mejia’s license was suspended for the previous DWI convictions and officers initially arrested him for that. When walking to the patrol car Mejia was unsteady on his feet and used the car for support according to the probable cause statement.

When Mejia arrived to the station, officers conducted further field sobriety test which gave them probable cause for a DWI arrest.

Mejia refused the breath test and a warrant was issued for a blood sample.

Roughly 3 hours after the stop blood was drawn and revealed a .207 blood alcohol content, two and a 1/2 times the legal limit. Mejia has five DWI convictions, most recently in January of 2018 and another in November of 2017.