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Man charged with DUI, fleeing police through field

George David Bopst is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired, reckless driving, negligent driving, trespass to cultivated land, illegal use of a vehicle on private property, fleeing and eluding police, speeding and other offenses after leading police on a chase through a wheat field that ended when his car plunged into a pond. Full story: <a href="http://bit.ly/1cwieD9">http://bit.ly/1cwieD9</a>
George David Bopst is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired, reckless driving, negligent driving, trespass to cultivated land, illegal use of a vehicle on private property, fleeing and eluding police, speeding and other offenses after leading police on a chase through a wheat field that ended when his car plunged into a pond. Full story: http://bit.ly/1cwieD9(HANDOUT)

A Westminster man told police the reason he led them on a chase through a wheat field that ended when his car plunged into a pond is because he didn't want to get in trouble, according to the account in charging documents.

George David Bopst, 26, of the 900 block of Cindy Lane, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired, reckless driving, negligent driving, trespass to cultivated land, illegal use of a vehicle on private property, fleeing and eluding police, speeding and other offenses, according to electronic court files.

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Bopst was released from the Carroll County Detention Center Monday after posting $5,000 bond.

Upon being arrested, Bopst told police he had five servings of beer at a friend's home and he didn't want to get in trouble, charging documents say.

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Around 4:15 a.m. Sunday, a Carroll County sheriff's deputy saw a Jeep Wrangler parked on the shoulder of Deer Park Road near Crestleigh Road in Westminster, according to the charging documents. The Jeep made a U-turn then traveled about 200 feet before headlights were turned on, charging documents say.

The deputy turned and tried to catch up to the Jeep, and used radar to determine the Jeep was traveling 51 mph in a 40 mph zone, according to the documents.

After the deputy turned on his car's emergency lights, the Jeep made an abrupt turn onto Bird View Road and increased speed, according to charging documents. The deputy reported seeing the vehicle crossing the center line and fog line multiple times.

The Jeep turned off the road and launched off of an embankment, landing in a field of wheat where it continued at a high rate of speed and destroyed crops, according to charging documents.

The deputy pursued the vehicle on foot in the field when he saw the Jeep continuing with the headlights turned off. according to the documents. The Jeep crossed another embankment and came to rest 40 feet away into a pond.

A man got out of the Jeep and swam toward the middle of the pond, though the deputy had ordered him to swim to shore, according to the documents. After the driver was told a dog unit had been asked to come to the scene, the man got out of the pond and was arrested, charging documents say.

The deputy identified the man as Bopst and noticed his eyes were bloodshot and glassy and that his breath smelled of alcohol, according to the documents. He performed poorly on standardized field sobriety tests.

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