Bland man accused of DWI; exploits posted live on Facebook

From Staff Reports
Posted 10/15/20

Taylor D. Campbell, 21, of Bland was arrested Monday night around 8:45 p.m. in Owensville after recording a Facebook Live video of himself while he was admittedly driving drunk.

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Bland man accused of DWI; exploits posted live on Facebook

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Taylor D. Campbell, 21, of Bland was arrested Monday night around 8:45 p.m. in Owensville after recording a Facebook Live video of himself while he was admittedly driving drunk.

A probable cause statement alleging just that will be forwarded by Owensville police to county authorities for review. City Marshal Robert Rickerd said patrolman Brenn Finley’s report will seek state charges on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and consumption of alcohol while driving. Campbell spent Monday night in the Osage County Jail on a 12-hour “safe keeping” hold since he was unable to obtain a ride home after his arrest.

In the eight minute and 20 second video that Campbell recorded himself in, he told his Facebook followers multiple times that he was “(expletive deleted) up.”

He also showed himself drinking a yellow can of Twisted Peach Tea.

He reversed the camera — from a shot of the roadway to himself — at around the seven-minute, 30-second mark. He was west of the Breaktime convenience store in Owensville. About the same time he also said he passed a police officer.

“I’m getting arrested,” he repeatedly told viewers. Just before the video ended, Campbell told his audience that he was definitely going to jail and that he loved them. An hour later Campbell posted an update. “Got arrested going to court soon,” Campbell posted.

By noon, Campbell had deactivated his Facebook post and his page was no longer accessible.

A friend on his Facebook feed insinuated that she contacted the police about Campbell’s condition and location. According to the 911 emergency call that went out over the scanner, Campbell was detained at the Gasconade County R-2 Administration Building parking lot.

Rickerd said police received a call about a “careless and imprudent” driving situation. He did not have additional details to share at this time.

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