ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KSDK) - Two men tied to the "Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment" movement were arrested over the weekend for allegedly distracting drivers on Interstate 70 and creating safety hazard, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
According to Sgt. Al Nothum, a spokesman for the MSHP, the incident occurred Saturday, August 17 just after 2:15 p.m. on the Fairgrounds Road Overpass near 5th Street and I-70. A group of protestors were there holding signs reading, "Honk If You Want To See Obama Impeached."
Because of the large amount of traffic in the area due to the Festival of the Little Hills, Nothum said troopers observed five accidents resulting from distracted drivers and several near collisions.
The MSHP determined the protestors were causing a public hazard by distracting drivers and repeatedly asked the group to move off the overpass and protest elsewhere. Two of the protestors, identified as 41-year-old Marc Messmer and 59-year-old Jimmy Weed, refused the troopers' requests and were arrested for willfully opposing a member of the MSHP. In addition, Messmer would not comply with troopers' instructions and was also charged with resisting arrest.
The two men were jailed for 24 hours and released.