According to Sheldon Police, a motorist had reported to O’Brien County Dispatch that a motorist was westbound from Sanborn at a high rate of speed, passing vehicles in a reckless manner, and forcing cars off the road. According to authorities, a Sheldon Police Officer intercepted a vehicle matching the description given by the caller at the intersection of North 5th Avenue and Park Street (Highway 18) in Sheldon. The officer reported witnessing reckless operation of the vehicle, including using the left turn lane on Park Street to pass other vehicles, and running the stop sign at 2nd Avenue, where he turned south onto 2nd Avenue (Business 60).
The Sheldon officer says he got the vehicle stopped in the 600 block of 2nd Avenue, and made contact with the car’s driver, who police identified as 28-year old Saverio Marino of Sheldon.
According to police, Marino allegedly was armed with a handgun, and was reportedly in possession of prescription drugs prescribed to someone other than himself, at the time of his arrest. Police say he faces charges of Felon In Possession of a Firearm, which is a felony. He was also charged with 1st Offense OWI, and a Prescription Drug Violation, both serious misdemeanors, along with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure To Yield To An Emergency Vehicle, Failure to Obey A Stop Sign, or Yield Right Of Way, Passing in a No Passing Zone, Failure To Have a Valid License, Improper Use of Registration, and Operating Without Registration, all of which are simple misdemeanors.
Authorities say Marino was jailed at the O’Brien County Jail in Primghar.