Tow tussle leads to DUI arrest |

Tow tussle leads to DUI arrest

WILDERNEST – A car owner upset with a tow truck driver threw snowballs at him and cursed him until police arrived and arrested the car owner Tuesday for driving under the influence and disorderly conduct.

The tow truck driver went to Poplar Circle to tow a pickup that was blocking a driveway. The reporting sheriff’s deputy had driven by the home earlier and spoke with the owner about the blocked driveway.

In the Sheriff’s Office report, the tow truck driver told the deputy he hooked up the pickup when the owner, Scott Hesseltine, approached him, yelling at the tow driver that he was trespassing and demanding to have his vehicle unhooked. The tow driver told the deputy he refused to release the vehicle and said Hesseltine unhooked it himself and drove it into a snowbank in the driveway.

The tow truck driver called police and told the deputy that when Hesseltine learned of the call, he began throwing snowballs and threatening physical violence.

The sheriff’s deputy reported that when he arrived, he found the pickup awkwardly parked in the snow and that Hesseltine’s girlfriend had paid the “dry run” tow fee. When the deputy contacted Hesseltine, he showed memory lapses, poor balance and other indications of intoxication, according to the report. The deputy arrested Hesseltine for disorderly conduct and driving under the influence. The Sheriff’s Office report said Hesseltine was combative and disorderly during a blood draw at Summit Medical Center.

The deputy took Hesseltine to the Summit County Jail. He was released later that day on a $1,075 bond.

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