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Man, 43, Allegedly Turns DUI Into Multiple Charges

Barrington police charge Scott Baer, of 6 Manning Drive, with a DUI, refusal, disorderly conduct and obstruction after an altercation with a police officer.

A Barrington man, 43, faces multiple charges after he got into an altercation with a Barrington police officer early last Saturday morning, Sept. 1.

Scott C. Baer, of 6 Manning Drive, was arrested and charged with drunk driving, refusing a Breathalyzer test, disorderly conduct and obstructing a police officer. The charges followed an alleged shouting match in front of Baer’s house, said Police Chief John LaCross.

Baer’s vehicle was traveling east on County Road about 2:08 am when a patrol officer noticed a front plate light was not working. The vehicle also drifted toward the fog line as it continued traveling toward Manning Drive while swerving slowly around a series of cars and then making a wide left turn into Baer’s driveway.

Baer got out of the vehicle and attempted to enter his house, said LaCross. He disobeyed the officer’s command to return to his vehicle to continue the investigation into possible drunk driving. Three other passengers remained in the vehicle.

Police described Baer as "acting out of control" and yelling that the officer could do nothing because he was on his property. He also refused to take any tests to determine if he was driving drunk, said LaCross.

Baer exhibited the typical symptoms of being drunk, the police chief said, including watery eyes, slurred speech, and smelling of alcohol.

Baer was arraigned by a justice of the peace at the police station. He was released at 8:39 am after spending the night in a jail cell.

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