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Fort Wayne DJ charged with DWI, pot possession

Durkee

FORT WAYNE – A longtime Fort Wayne radio disc jockey was arrested on drunken driving and possession of marijuana charges early New Year's Day.

Christopher Durkee, aka Billy Elvis of 92.3 The Fort, was pulled over by a Fort Wayne police officer for failing to signal a lane change at about 2 a.m. while driving in the 1000 block of West Coliseum Boulevard on Sunday, police said.

According to a police report, the 48-year-old Durkee did not immediately stop after the officer flashed his red and blue lights, and instead pulled into the nearby Athenian Restaurant.

When the officer approached the car, Durkee allegedly said, "Come on, I'm Billy Elvis," according to the report. A short time later, Durkee laughed and asked the officer to call Police Chief Rusty York to the scene.

A plastic bag of marijuana weighing 6.5 grams was found in Durkee's coat pocket and he also had a pipe used to smoke marijuana, according to the report. Another pipe used for smoking marijuana was also found in his car.

At the Allen County Jail, Durkee's blood-alcohol-content was first measured at 0.12 percent, according to the report. He then failed a series of field sobriety tests and took a second breath test, which showed his blood-alcohol-content to be 0.13 percent.

The legal limit to drive is 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content.

Durkee was booked into the jail on a preliminary felony charge of operating while intoxicated and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and reckless possession of paraphernalia.

Durkee previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated in DeKalb County in 2007, according to court records, and has a misdemeanor operating while intoxicated arrest in Allen County on his record from 1990.

A message left at the office of 92.3 has not been returned and Durkee has yet to return a Facebook message.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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