Steven Luebke, 57, the general manager of Deery Brothers Chevrolet in Pleasant Hill, has been arrested and charged with drunk driving. The Des Moines auto dealer faces multiple charges after driving a red 2010 Camaro at top speeds down Southeast 14th street at around 5:45pm on Saturday.
As per witnesses at the scene of the crash, the car caught fire while Luebke was driving onto Interstate 235. He lost control and hit the concrete median as the car burst into flames on Second Avenue. Witnesses saw him driving recklessly as he kept spinning the tires at every traffic stop. He lost complete control as the car filled with smoke when the underside of the Camaro with Deery Brothers dealer plates caught fire.
Luebke did not seem to learn a lesson after his car blew up in flames. He hitched a ride in another car and left the scene. Apparently he has never watched Law and Order, The Shield, CSI, The Wire, 24, and so on because he did not know that car license plates can be used to track you down.
Luebke – You just Tossed Away Your Career
Cameron Boone, the man who stopped to check on Luebke and offered him a ride, later regretted his decision but said he was only trying to be of assistance. Boone called up the police to report that he was the driver who picked up Luebke and took him to a home in Grimes. He gave the police his address from where Luebke was later arrested. Meanwhile smoke from the crash scene caused another accident on the highway as one driver could not see too well and rear-ended another vehicle. Police found the red Camaro with its front end on fire, facing eastbound in the westbound lanes of the I-235.
The crash did not prevent Luebke from driving the streets once again. He picked up a black Chevrolet Tahoe at his Deery Brothers office and was charged seven hours after the I-235 accident with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and two other charges in Prairie City. He was arrested and taken to Jasper County jail and was released on bond on Sunday morning. However, police caught up with him at his Grimes apartment on Sunday evening, and arrested Luebke for the I-235 crash. In a photo line-up, several witnesses identified Luebke.
Out of Control
The officers who were already provided an address from Cameron Boone reconfirmed it to be the same as Luebke’s residence. On entering his apartment on Sunday evening, officers who had received permission to conduct a welfare check on Luebke, found him passed out in an upstairs bedroom. A neighbor said Luebke was heavily intoxicated when he returned home and had to be carried into his apartment.
Steven Luebke, like these ships, is in serious trouble.
Luebke was arrested for the I-235 accident and faces multiple charges that include driving while barred, driving while denied or revoked and reckless driving. He also faces charges of failure to maintain control, damage to public property, and a parole violation. He is currently in Polk County Jail. He admitted to drinking before he got into the Camaro and caused the crash.
Luebke should be Executed
Luebke is no stranger to DUI convictions. He was barred from driving after three prior DUI convictions in 1997, 2007, and 2010. In 2012, he was suspended from his position as general manager of Toyota in Des Moines after a car crash that got him his fourth DUI in fifteen years. His licensed has been revoked w.e.f May 31st, 2013 through May 29th, 2017. He was currently allowed to drive only in a vehicle fitted with an ignition interlock device. However, both the cars he drove with respect to the current DUI charges did not have the device. According to Deery Brothers Chevrolet, Luebke is no longer their employee.
According to drunk driving accident lawyers, under Iowa DUI law, where the charge is called OWI or Operating While Intoxicated, anyone found with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above can be arrested and charged. A driver under 21 can face DUI charges for a BAC level of .02 or more. However, that does not mean that any driver with a BAC below 0.08 can escape. According to law, a police officer can still impose charges if a driver appears disoriented, which can be used as evidence against the driver.