Aside from a few traffic offenses, all was apparently quiet on graduation night in DeKalb County.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and Smithville and Alexandria Police Departments conducted sobriety check points in several locations and more than 800 vehicles were stopped as they passed through. Some arrests were made.
According to Sheriff Ray, 118 vehicles were checked on the Sparta Highway and one citation was issued to a motorist because a child in the automobile was not wearing a seat belt. In another case, 40 year old Jeffery L. Taylor of Peeled Chesnut Lane, Sparta, was charged with a second offense of driving under the influence after officers detected an odor of alcohol on his person. Taylor also failed field sobriety tasks. His bond was set at $3,000 and he will appear in court on June 11th.
A total of 123 vehicles were checked on Highway 53 in Alexandria
Sheriff Ray says 261 vehicles were checked on Highway 96 in Liberty and one arrest was made. 19 year old Nery Marcito Enriquez of Mercury Boulevard, Murfreesboro was charged after deputies discovered that he did not have a valid driver's license. Bond for Enriquez was set at $1,000 and he will appear in court on June 11th.
A total of 231 vehicles came through the check point on McMinnville Highway and 23 were stopped on Cookeville Highway.
One arrest was made on Short Mountain Highway where 60 vehicles were checked. 20 year old Timothy (Tyler) William Patrick of Louis Drive, Goodlettsville was charged with driving under the influence. Sheriff Ray says Patrick had glassy, blood shot eyes and he failed field sobriety tasks. Patrick was also charged with driving on a revoked driver's license. Patrick's total bond was set at $3,500 and he will appear in court on June 11th.
Sheriff Ray, along with Alexandria Police Chief Mark Collins and Smithville Police Chief Richard Jennings wish to thank everyone for the kind words that were expressed to them and their Departments while conducting the check points. Sheriff Ray says all three departments working together tried to make this year's graduation night a safe one for the seniors and their families and friends.
Meanwhile, in other crime news, deputies responded Friday to a motor vehicle accident on Vaughn Lane, Smithville. Upon arrival, officers noticed that the vehicle had run into a barn and the driver, 27 year old Matthew Allen Baker of Pine Orchard Road Smithville, was climbing out of the automobile. Baker was unsteady on his feet. He submitted to field sobriety tasks which he failed but Baker refused to take a blood alcohol test. Baker was charged with a second offense of driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law. His bond was set at $3,000 and he will appear in court on June 4th.
On Monday, May 18th, deputies, while on patrol, noticed a vehicle that failed to stop on Whorton Springs Road at a stop sign. 41 year old Carlos Reyes of Skyline Drive, McMinnville was arrested for driving without a valid driver's license. Reyes' bond was set at $1,000 and he will be in court on May 28th.
Also on Monday, May 18th, deputies stopped a vehicle on Jacobs Pillar Road Smithville for violation of the light law. 25 year old Christopher W. Miles of Earl Avenue, Smithville was arrested for driving on a suspended driver's license. Miles' license was suspended due to failure to satisfy a citation in DeKalb County on June 4th, 2008. Bond for Miles was set at $1,000 and he will appear in court on June 24th.
Meanwhile, a passenger with Miles, 37 year old Richard Manuel Standridge of Jacobs Pillar Road, Smithville, was arrested on a state warrant out of Bradley County. Standridge also had a cigarette pack that contained marijuana and a marijuana roach. Inside the vehicle, authorities found a case containing an ink pen shell, ½ pill of Suboxone and 10 Xanax pills. Strandridge was charged with possession of a schedule III drug (Suboxone), possession of a schedule IV drug (Xanax), simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His total bond was set at $7,500 and he will appear in court on June 25th.
On Wednesday, May 20th, deputies stopped a vehicle on South College Street in Smithville for erratic driving. 35 year old Eric Todd Dolberry of Depot Road, Rock Island was arrested for driving on a suspended license. His bond was set at $1,000 and he will appear in court on June 25th.
Also on Wednesday, officers arrested 38 year old Jimmy R. Baker of Pollard Road ,Walling for violation of the sexual offender law after he was found to be living in DeKalb County at the Lake Motel for approximately two weeks without registering with the DeKalb Sheriff's Department. Baker was living in the room with a 16 year old youth. Bond for Baker was set at $75,000 and he will appear in court on June 25th.
On Thursday, May 21st, DeKalb County Jail Correctional Officers were moving an inmate in the old part of the jail when the prisoner tried to escape. Arrested for attempted escape was 40 year old Lisa Faye Gibbs of North Mill Street, Dowelltown. Gibbs made it outside of the jail but was apprehended on the Public Square. Gibbs is serving a sentence for violation of probation. Bond for Gibbs was set at $25,000 and she will appear on the escape charge on May 28th.
On Friday, May 22nd, 31 year old Jackie Darrell Ervin of Old Mill Hill Road, Dowelltown was arrested on a sealed indictment charging him with two counts of sale of a schedule II drug (Oxycontin) and delivery of a schedule II drug (Oxycontin) both in a drug free zone. Ervin's bond was set at $150,000
Also on Friday, 40 year old Jeanna Snow Bain of Banks Pisgah Road, Smithville was arrested on a sealed indictment charging her with two counts of sale of a schedule II drug (dilaudid) and delivery of a schedule II drug (dilaudid). Bain's bond was set at $100,000. Bain is currently incarcerated in the Tennessee Prison for Women.
On Saturday, a deputy, while on patrol on McMinnville Highway, stopped a vehicle for driving erratic. 19 year old Jose Luna Regalado of Highland Drive, McMinnville was arrested for driving under the influence. Officers found Regalado to be unsteady on his feet and he had a smell of alcohol on his person. Regalado submitted to field sobriety tasks which he failed. He also refused a blood alcohol test and was issued a citation for violation of implied consent. A check of Regalado’s license revealed he had none. He was charged with driving without a license. Bond for Regalado was set at $2,500 and he will appear in court on June 11th. A passenger of Regalado’s vehicle, 25 year old Juan Cruz, was also arrested for public intoxication after he was found to be intoxicated and a danger to himself. Bond for Cruz was set at $1,000 and he will appear in court on June 11th.