Smithville Police were out in force remaining vigilant for drunk drivers during high school graduation night.
Smithville Police Chief Thomas J. Stufano says numerous members of the department worked in two teams on opposite ends of the city running radar and watching for drunk driving. The overtime was covered by a Governor's Highway Safety Grant obtained earlier in the year. Officers made numerous arrests for Driving Under the Influence, Revoked Driver's License, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Under Age Drinking.
40 year old Marilyn Strayn of 1600 Kingridge Road, Smithville was arrested for DUI and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Strayn was initially stopped for traveling over the centerline numerous times while driving. During the course of the investigation it was found that she was DUI and also had syringes tucked in her clothing. She was arrested and booked into the DeKalb County Jail under a $3,000 bond.
20 year old Oscar Carreon of 402 Wade Street, Smithville was arrested for Driving on a Revoked License and Underage Drinking. During the traffic stop officers found numerous empty beer bottles in the console. Carreon was arrested just a few months ago for the same offense. A second person, a 17 year old juvenile, was also found to be intoxicated and arrested. Carreon was transported to the DeKalb County Jail on a $2,000 Bond.
Smithville Police also arrested 46 year old Jackie Mullican of 322 Petty Road, in Smithville for Driving Under the Influence 2nd Offense and Driving on a Revoked License. Chief Stufano says officers responded to a motor vehicle accident on West Bryant Street and found that Mullican was very unsteady on his feet during the interview and had a heavy odor of alcohol on his breath. He says Mullican admitted to drinking 15 to 20 beers prior to getting into his vehicle to drive. He was arrested and transported to the DeKalb County Jail on a $2,000 bond.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, May 15th Smithville Officers arrested 24 year old Jonathon Roberts of Whindom Street, Hendersonville for DUI 2nd Offense and Driving on a Revoked Driver's License. Chief Stufano says Smithville Police had been alerted by a DeKalb County Officer who had the vehicle stopped on Kendra Drive. Further investigation showed that the driver was intoxicated and had been driving in a reckless manner as observed by the Deputy. Smithville Police arrested Roberts and transported him to the DeKalb County Jail under a $2,000 bond.
Chief Stufano says \"The Smithville Police Department appreciates the vested interest residents are taking in reporting crime in the neighborhoods. This partnership is making a significant difference in detouring crime and drugs in our city.\"