Thursday afternoon at about 6:45 p.m., Officer Charlie Compton contacted a motorist in the 400 block of Palm Street for a traffic violation and for an expired inspection sticker. Officer Compton contacted the female driver. A records check revealed that the driver had one outstanding municipal arrest warrant and she was arrested. A Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy assisted Officer Compton on the traffic stop. A records check revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen. There were other occupants in the vehicle and they were detained pending further investigation. The investigation revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen on the late morning of October 9, 2013, from a victim that lived in the 1200 block of Palm Street. The victim had given no one permission to possess her vehicle. One of the male passengers in the vehicle was identified as the driver’s brother. The investigation further revealed that this subject had furnished the vehicle to the driver, his sister. The brother explained that he had borrowed the vehicle from someone two days prior and that the vehicle was furnished to him after giving the associate $30. The driver was arrested on the warrant. The passenger was arrested for felony Theft. The vehicle was released to the victim. This investigation continues.
Friday morning at about 1:10 a.m., Officer Mark Thomas was on patrol in his cruiser approaching Barrow Street while traveling eastbound on S. 14th Street. Officer Thomas had the right of way as he approached the intersection; the traffic signal was flashing a yellow light. Fortunately for Officer Thomas, he observed a vehicle drive in front of him, causing him to brake to avoid a collision. A red 1997 Ford Mustang had just pulled out in front of him as it turned from Barrow and made a left turn onto S. 14th Street. Officer Thomas made a traffic stop and contacted the female driver. As soon as he contacted the driver he smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. Officer Thomas also observed that the driver displayed indicators of intoxication. Officer Thomas reported that the driver appeared confused and that she told him she had been drinking. The driver agreed to perform standard field sobriety tests, which she performed poorly. The driver was arrested and taken to county jail where she provided specimens of her breath. Breath specimens taken revealed the driver’s BAC to be 0.179 and 0.182. The driver was arrested for the enhanced misdemeanor offense of (Class A) DWI based on a BAC specimen being above 0.15.