MARSHALL COUNTY- Local law enforcement have logged eight more alcohol-related arrests in the past five days, including two suspects who were repeat offenders driving on suspended licenses.
It’s an alarming statistic that continues to plague the county.
Last month, officers made numerous DUI arrests, three of which were also repeat offenders driving on suspended licenses. Several of these suspects have been involved in traffic collisions.
According to police reports, On Feb. 9, Officer Caleb Curtner responded to a traffic collision on West 5th Street where he observed the driver, Donald G. Puckett, 53, of Benton, showing signs of impairment.
After further investigation, Puckett was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs 3rd offense. He was also charged with no insurance and driving on a DUI suspended license.
Then on Feb. 11, Officer Kris Arnold conducted a traffic stop on Gage A. Jobe, 19, of Benton. According to Arnold’s report, a strong odor of alcoholic beverage was detected on the driver. After further investigation, Jobe was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol under 21 years of age, and possession of open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle.
A passenger, Aaron T. Mayo, 25, of Benton was also arrested for alcohol intoxication in a public place.The following days, three more DUI arrests and one alcohol-related arrest was made.
Officer Kris Arnold conducted a traffic stop on Morningside Drive, where he arrested the driver, Casey L. Mooneyham, 35, of Benton, for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, operating on a suspended license, and prescription controlled substance not in proper container.
Additionally, Marshall County Deputy Tim Reynolds arrested Bradley C. Whyte, of Smithland, after being dispatched to the Marshall County ER in reference to a subject whom they observed to have a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on him and appeared intoxicated. The subject was observed walking out of the ER and entering their car. After driving away, Reynolds made a traffic stop where he charged Whyte with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in motor vehicle and failure to wear seatbelt.
His passenger, Charles N. Grundy, 46, of Grand Rivers, was arrested and charged with alcohol Intoxication in a public place.
Deputy Cory Curtner also made a DUI arrest on Saturday after being dispatched to a non-injury collision at KY 402 and Watkins St in Aurora. Upon his arrival, deputies spoke to the operator of the vehicle which had left the roadway and entered a ditch. Curtner noted an odor of an alcoholic beverage on the driver and after further investigation, the operator admitted to consuming alcohol prior to the incident. James F. Cordes, 39, of Hardin, was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence.
Then early this morning, Deputy Tim Reynolds responded to an injury collision on Old Olive Road. The vehicle reportedly left the roadway, struck a driveway culvert, striking a tree and then flipped over in a creek. Officers noted the operator of the vehicle to have extremely slurred speech and stated to EMS that he had taken too much of a controlled substance. Also found in the vehicle was a legend drug that did not belong to the individual. Due to his injuries, David R. Todd, 32, of Hardin, was cited to court for operating a motor vehicle under the influence, illegal possession of a Legend Drug, no registration plates and failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance
.All other suspects were lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center.
Information for this story was provided by the Benton Police and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.