The mother of a Westside School student was arrested after taking her child to school late.
School Resource Officer (SRO) Tommie Barker told Sgt. Tommy Miller that he had received a call from a Westside teacher stating a parent had called stating that she was bringing her child to school and that they were late. Barker told Miller that the child's grandmother had called too and stated the mother was possibly under the influence of drugs and that her license was suspended.
Sgt. Miller then proceeded to the school where he stopped a Ford Explorer driven by the mother in question who confirmed that she was driving without a license. A check of her identification revealed that the woman's license was suspected and that she had been charged two prior times for driving on a revoked license.
The woman had two bottles of legend drugs, belonging to an ex-boyfriend, in her possession.
She was taken into custody and charged with driving on a suspended license, third offense and two counts of possession of legend drugs. Her name is being withheld for protection of her child.
Marlin Prater was charged with public intoxication and possession of a Schedule III drug, Xanax.
Deputy Doc Smith arrested Prater after receiving a report of a "drunk male scaring the customers of Dollar General Market" on Highway 53.
Deputy Drew Colwell was dispatched to 1300 area of Murfreesboro Road to respond to a wrecked vehicle on its side.
Upon his arrival, Colwell made contact with Michael Frederick Herring who said he was on his way home when he wrecked.
"Mr. Herring had a strong odor of alcohol upon him, speech was slurred and was very unsteady on his feet," Colwell reported.
Herring was transported to Stones River Hospital's emergency room for treatment of a cut on his forehead and was subsequently charged with DUI.
Robert Timbs was stopped by Deputy Mike Hainey on Poplar Bluff Road and charged with no driver's license, registration violation, violation of the light law and financial responsibility.
Driving while revoked
Phillip Miranda was stopped on Gassaway's Main Street by Deputy Mike Hainey. He was charged with driving on a revoked license, third offense, violation of the registration law, violation of the light law and financial responsibility.
Tasha Evans was charged with simple assault following an incident on Hollow Springsa Road.
Theft over $500
Charles Frazier was charged with theft of property (an ATV) over $500. The vehicle was a Kawaski Patriot 300.
Tory Bryant was stopped on South McCrary Street by Deputy Michael Hainey, who was headed to the Co-Op for refueling.
Deputy Hainey said a sedan suddenly appeared behind him in the vicinity of Rogers Street. Hainey said the vehicle was following much too closely.
"I pulled to the right side of the street and allowed the vehicle to get around me, then activated my emergency lights and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle began to slow down somewhat but failed to pull over for several seconds, causing me to activate my siren twice before finally stopping at the intersection of Lester and Park Streets," Hainey reported.
The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Bryant, was "very animated, nervous and excited," said the deputy, adding that he saw an empty bottle of tequila sitting in the console area.
"As I attempted to explain to Mr. Bryant the basis for my traffic stop, he suddenly spit a peppermint out of his mouth onto the roadway and rapidly began explaining he was 'lost in Woodbury' and had been 'driving around' for over an hour," Hainey said.
Bryant continued to babble, saying his "girlfriend" had become inebriated and had asked him to pick up some items at the Quick Shop before she passed it, he said.
Hainey asked Bryant if he had been consuming any alcoholic beverages that evening and "he adamantly stated that he had not and that he was the designated driver for the evening. Mr. Bryant further elaborated that he had known his girlfriend for "almost two years," but that they had been dating for "only a couple of weeks."
The deputy then ran Bryant's drivers license and checked for warrants. Both checks were clear, but the registration on the vehicle was a different issue.
The suspect "produced two female purses, neither of which belonged to him, and stated that the paperwork 'might be in here somewhere,'" Hainey said.
At this point, Bryant had not displayed any noticeable indications that he was inebriated. However, that was soon to change with officers administering field sobriety tests to him. He was then transported to the emergency room where he refused to submit a blood sample.
While at the ER, the owner of the car arrived and gave officers a statement that Bryant had taken her car without consent. Bryant was charged with DUI, implied consent and joyriding.
Mellanie A. Richardson, failure to appear; Dakota Trey Jones, violation of probation; Robert R. Sanders, violation of probation; and Anthony Quinn Eppersonin, violation of probation.
Jesse Scott was charged with public intoxication, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia by Patrolman Sebastian Krauss. A hearing is set for Feb. 11 in General Sessions Court.
DUI, drug possession
Jonathan Wayne Johnson was charged with DUI, simple possession of a controlled substance and driving uninsured by Patrolman Tracey Stoetzel. A hearing is set for Feb. 11 in General Sessions Court.
No drivers license
James Cordell Polson was charged with driving without a license by Patrolman John House. A hearing is set for Feb. 11 in General Sessions Court.
Joshua Allen Early was charged with driving on a suspended license by Patrolman John House. A hearing is set for Feb. 11 in General Sessions Court.
General Sessions Court Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Judge Susan Melton presided over General Sessions Court on Tuesday. Some of the results of the various cases that appeared on the docket included:
Jeffery Allen Edwards pled guilty to reckless endangerment. He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail. In another case Edwards pled guilty to possession of a schedule II drug. He was fined $750 and sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail.
Mellanie Parsley Richardson agreed to the violation of her probation. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail and her probation was extended 5 months. In another case Richardson pled guilty to hindering a creditor. She was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail. That sentence was partially suspended upon serving 30 days, equal time on probation and paying the costs.
Mark A. Taylor pled guilty to DUI. He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail. That sentence was partially suspended upon serving 64 days, equal time on probation, 24 hours of litter removal, losing his license for 1 year, paying a $350 fine and the costs.
Brian Neil Wells pled guilty to domestic assault. He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail. That sentence was partially suspended upon serving 30 days, equal time on probation and paying the costs.