Jacob Best
Jacob Best

February 15, 2018

A blood test has confirmed that a 26-year-old Audubon man was drunk when he drove his pickup truck through a cornfield near Willey, vaulted over a creek and crashed while fleeing from a deputy sheriff, court records show.

Jacob Lawrence Best is charged with second-offense OWI and eluding, which is punishable by up to two years in prison.

The deputy attempted to stop Best about 12:07 a.m. on Dec. 13 on Olympic Avenue south of U.S. Highway 30 when Best allegedly sped south.

Best had allegedly been driving 86 mph in a 55-mph zone before the chase, and it’s unclear how fast he drove during it.

He went to a farm field about 2 miles northeast of Willey, where the truck went over an embankment, vaulted over a creek and crashed on the other side.

Best was treated at St. Anthony Regional Hospital for unspecified injuries, and someone took a sample of his blood to test for alcohol.

A state crime lab test concluded Best’s blood-alcohol concentration was .162 percent, a little more than double the legal limit to drive.

Best was previously convicted of OWI in 2013 in Audubon County. He served two days in jail.