Authorities: Intoxicated Farley man rear-ends sheriff deputy

A patrol car with its lights activated was rear-ended on the outskirts of Farley by an intoxicated driver who then attempted to flee, according to reports.

Ryan Joseph Behnke, 29, Farley, was arrested for felony eluding and OWI second offense.

According to court documents, at approximately 9 p.m. Jan. 12, a deputy conducting a motor assist was positioned near the westbound US 20 off-ramp near Farley with his emergency lights on when his vehicle was rear-ended by Behnke.

After striking the patrol car, Behnke continued down the off-ramp and was immediately followed by the deputy, documents state.

When the deputy attempted to initiate a stop, Behnke continued. The deputy then activated his sirens and followed Behnke to his residence on South Lake Drive. When Behnke exited his vehicle, he was detained, documents state.

The deputy said Behnke showed signs of intoxication and there was an empty beer bottle in the vehicle, along with a mostly-empty six-pack of beer. Behnke failed standard field sobriety tests at the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center and had a blood-alcohol content of .211%. Documents state Behnke was additionally charged with traffic citations and open container.