COPS: Drunk driver tells deputy he was only ‘buzzed’
A man claiming he was “buzzed, but not drunk” was arrested last week after he failed to stop for a police officer attempting to pull him over. The man later failed a field sobriety test.
According to a declaration of arrest in the case, last Friday at approximately 10:15 p.m. a Nye County Sheriff’s deputy was driving in the area of North Hacienda Street when he spotted a male traveling on a grey moped who was weaving from the fog line to the center line of the road in an erratic manner.
As the man reached the intersection of Hacienda Street and Ranchita Way, the deputy attempted to stop him by turning on his red and blue overhead lights.
The moped driver, later identified as Earl Allan Hayes, ignored the officer and continued driving down Hacienda Street.
When the lights wouldn’t get the driver to pull over, the deputy turned on his siren as well, which Hayes also allegedly ignored.
After failing to stop at the intersection of Mt. Charleston Drive and Hacienda Street, Hayes continued for a short time before he finally looked over his shoulder and acknowledged the deputy and pulled off to the side of the road.
Hayes then allegedly proceeded to dismount his moped and walk back toward the officer’s patrol car in a “confrontational” manner, swaying and stumbling on his way.
When asked if he had been drinking that evening, Hayes, with watery bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, allegedly said he had two or three beers. He further told the deputy that he was “buzzed, but not drunk.”
Hayes reportedly allowed the deputy to conduct a single field sobriety test with him, which he failed, before refusing to do anymore.
He was subsequently placed under arrest for DUI and failure to drive within marked lanes and transported to the Nye County Detention Center to be booked into custody.
COPS: Pills in pocket earn man extra charge at court hearing
A wanted man earned himself an additional charge of possession of a dangerous drug without prescription after he was allegedly caught in Pahrump Justice Court with pills in his pocket.
Michael James Rollins was taken into custody on March 7 at approximately 1:55 p.m. after a deputy was dispatched to the Justice Court to arrest a wanted man there.
When the officer arrived, she was given a hard copy of a warrant for Rollins’ arrest, at which time she placed him in handcuffs and escorted him to her patrol car outside.
As the deputy was searching Rollins’ person before taking him to jail, she reportedly discovered several white pills, identified as hydrocodone and carisoprodol, in a Ziploc bag in his front left jeans pocket.
Rollins allegedly told the officer “those were his friend’s,” and that he was just “holding them” for the other person.
Rollins was then transported to the Nye County Detention Center where he was booked into custody on the warrant as well as the new charge of possession of a dangerous drug without prescription.
COPS: Drunk man picks fight in middle of street for no good reason
Police took one man into custody this week after he allegedly tried to fight a passerby while he was standing intoxicated in the roadway.
According to a declaration of arrest in the case, on Monday at approximately 7:10 p.m. a deputy was traveling in the area of Horgan Street and Wilson Road when she saw a man in a long-sleeve shirt walk up to a man in short sleeves and throw his hands up as if he were attempting to instigate a fight.
The deputy circled back around to talk to the individuals, at which time she saw a third male attempting to pull the man in long sleeves, later identified as James Donnelly, away from the man in short sleeves as they were all standing in the street.
When the deputy approached Donnelly, she noted she could immediately smell the odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage coming from his person.
His eyes were also reportedly bloodshot and his words were slurred as he attempted to tell the deputy that there was nothing wrong, before turning to the man in short sleeves and yelling for him to “come on!” and that he wanted to “beat his a**.”
The man in the short sleeves then explained to the deputy that he had been passing by a residence at the corner of Horgan and Long streets when he saw some friends of his and said hello. As he continued walking, Donnelly allegedly came out of the home and began trying to fight him.
Several residents who witnessed the confrontation told the officer Donnelly was heavily intoxicated and that he didn’t know what he was doing.
As the officer attempted to gather more information about the incident, she noted in her report that Donnelly tried to lay down on the hood of her car and almost fell over. She also noted that he was being belligerent and extremely disrespectful to her and others at the scene.
Donnelly was subsequently placed under arrest for intoxicated pedestrian in the roadway and provoking an assault before being transported to the local detention center to be booked into custody.
A preliminary breath test also showed that Donnelly had a blood alcohol content of .232 at the time of the incident.
COURTS: After 24th trespassing charge, judge orders woman to be evaluated
One woman was ordered to be evaluated for the drug court program this week when the judge, defense attorney and prosecution all expressed concerns for her well being after her more than 20th appearance for charges of trespassing.
Janet Woods was arrested on Tuesday in the Smith’s parking lot after a deputy reportedly found her heavily intoxicated and sleeping in a shopping cart coral.
She had previously been trespassed from the property on March 3 and was taken into custody at the local detention center for the misdemeanor charge.
On Wednesday she appeared before Justice of the Peace Kent Jasperson, who told Woods he was afraid if he let her out or didn’t order her into some kind of counseling or rehabilitation program, she would eventually end up severely injured or worse because of her drinking.
“This is my concern with Ms. Woods. Ms. Woods has been in and out of here it looks like on 22 or 24 cases of trespass that she’s involved in. After her comment she made this morning that she made to me that ‘oh that’s where I was? Because I didn’t know where I was at.’ That she was so intoxicated she didn’t know where she passed out at and was found by the officers, my concern is Ms. Woods is going to meet some disastrous event in her life that could possibly end her life. Stumble out into the road and get hit by a car or a truck or fall down and hit her head in a ditch somewhere and meet her demise and no one will even know because she can’t control her drinking,” Jasperson said.
With that concern in mind, the judge decided to enforce a five-month sentence that was suspended in another case and order her to be evaluated through WestCare to see if either in-patient treatment or the drug court program would be good options to help her get a hold of her addiction.
All parties involved hoped if Woods was kept in custody while receiving treatment she would be less likely to continue down the path she was currently taking.
“I’m going to let her enter her plea on the citation, but I think before I sentence her I’m going to order her to drug court for assessment through WestCare. And perhaps when the WestCare people come and look at the rand evaluate her, maybe drug court will be an answer for her to attend and maybe get some help and some support through drug court and not continue on the path she’s been on,” Jasperson said.