Felony charges filed against Marshall man

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

On Oct. 23, class B felony charges were filed against Robert Franklin Black, 53, of Marshall, for DWI-- alcohol -- chronic offender. Circuit court documents show on Sunday, Aug. 16, at approximately 5:45 p.m., Marshall police officers heard the squealing of tires and spotted a maroon truck rapidly accelerating near the intersection of West Ohio Street and North Lyon Avenue. Officer conducted a traffic stop on the truck. As they approached the vehicle, officers observed the driver to yell at a dog in the passenger seat. The driver was positively identified by officers and during the interview, officers noticed the man's eyes to be glassy and bloodshot. According to documents, Black told officers he knew his drivers license was revoked and that he had been drinking whiskey and beer. He stated to officers that he knew he was not supposed to be driving, but wanted to find his dog. The man was arrested and taken to the Marshall Police Department where he then refused all sobriety testing. A warrant for a blood draw was issued for Black's blood sample, and the two samples were performed at Fitzgibbon Hospital. Black's criminal history include charges for multiple DWIs, assault, burglary and arson.

If convicted, Black faces up to five years to life with the Department of Corrections.