Hull Man Faces Felony Drug Possession, OWI Charges

Sheldon, Iowa — A Hull man has been arrested on charges of drug possession and OWI after a traffic stop in Sheldon.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the O’Brien County Clerk of Court’s Office by the Sheldon Police Department, 50-year-old Rick Keough of Hull is accused of driving high and the possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested on Sunday.

In his statement, the officer states that Keough was driving a vehicle southbound on 2nd Avenue in Sheldon. He says that during the stop, Keough admitted to smoking marijuana prior to getting in the vehicle to drive. He says Keough refused standardized field sobriety tests and refused to give the officer a urine sample, after being read the implied consent advisory. The officer tells us Keough agreed to a drug recognition expert evaluation, and the drug recognition expert believed the defendant was under the influence of cannabis. In addition, officers say they found multiple used joints in a search of the vehicle, which all tested positive for marijuana.

Keough was charged with third-or-subsequent offense possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony. If convicted, Keough could face up to five years in prison. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of operating under the influence.

He faces a preliminary hearing on August 21st.

According to O’Brien County Jail staff in Primghar, Keough was released after posting a $5,803.50 bail.


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