Volga man arrested for alleged DUI

BROOKINGS – A Volga man was arrested on suspicion of DUI last week after he allegedly hit several items, including a mailbox and a skid steer loader, according to Brookings Police.

Scott Matson, 54, of Volga, was arrested and charged with DUI. 

The first report came in shortly after 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, Assistant Chief Derrick Powers said.

Officers were called to the 200 block of Santee Pass for a vehicle that had hit a bush and a mailbox in the area and was leaving the scene, Powers said. The vehicle was described as an older model pickup.

As officers were responding to that location, another call came in from the 2800 block of Sweetgrass Drive regarding “a vehicle that struck a Bobcat skid steer loader that was parked on the side of the road,” Powers said.

The description of that vehicle “matched the description of the one that hit the bush and the mailbox,” Powers said.

“Officers responded to the 2800 block of Sweetgrass Drive, found the vehicle there. It was disabled due to the accident, and they were also able to identify the driver,” he said.

Sobriety tests were administered to Matson.

“It was determined that he was under the influence of alcoholic beverage,” Power said.

The ambulance responded to the scene.

“They came to check him out, but he declined needing any further service,” Powers said.

After his arrest, Matson was transported to the Brookings County Detention Center, Powers said.

The 1998 GMC pickup he was allegedly driving was determined by officers as having struck a light pole prior to hitting the skid loader, Powers said.

The pickup was disabled due the damage and had to be towed from the scene, he added.

There was no estimate of damage at this time, Powers said.