A longtime member of the Chehalis City Council was arrested Wednesday evening after officers suspected he was driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Centralia police stopped Robert J. Spahr, 67, of Chehalis, just after 11 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Johnson Road and Borst Avenue. According to a police narrative of the incident, an officer pulled Spahr over after noticing his vehicle made two turns in the area without signaling.
Centralia Police Officer Patti Finch, the department’s public information officer, told The Chronicle Thursday that the officer “noticed an odor of intoxicants and other indications of DUI” during the traffic stop.
Finch said the patrol officer had previously been to the area on a routine patrol near the Fort Borst Park baseball fields and contacted a group of people who had been drinking. The officer returned to the area to check on the group, and as he was driving that direction, he noticed Spahr’s vehicle allegedly fail to signal on two turns.
Spahr, who has served on the Chehalis City Council for nearly a quarter-century and works at Adolphsen Real Estate in Chehalis, was taken into custody and booked.
Spahr declined comment on the incident when contacted by a reporter by phone.