COPS: Man asks deputies question, reveals intoxication
After drawing attention to himself by asking police officers a question about the law, one man was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance after those same officers stopped him from driving while intoxicated.
According to a declaration of arrest in the case, Michael Vitz approached officers standing in the Pahrump Nugget parking lot around 1:30 a.m. Friday morning to ask if he could get a ticket for a broken taillight on his vehicle.
As he was speaking to the officers, they reportedly noticed his speech was slurred, and as he walked away he was staggering as if under the influence of some substance.
The deputies then approached Vitz and asked if he had been drinking, to which he replied he had not.
Officers then gave Vitz several field sobriety tests, which he reportedly failed. Vitz then allegedly admitted to officers he had smoked marijuana several hours earlier as well as having taken a Xanax within the last 24 to 48 hours.
Vitz then gave deputies permission to search his vehicle where they reportedly discovered two glass pipes and two small plastic baggies in the center console.
Vitz was then placed under arrest, and upon his booking into the Nye County Detention Center, another small bag of marijuana was also found in the waistband of his pants.
COPS: Man faces felony DUI charge after third incident
One man was arrested for his alleged third DUI offense Sunday afternoon, after police discovered during a traffic stop his blood alcohol content was more then two-and-a-half times the legal limit.
A deputy was reportedly on patrol about 3 p.m. when he spotted the suspect, Richard Pritchard, driving a brown van in the area of West and Second streets.
From previous encounters with Pritchard, the deputy knew his driver’s license was suspended, which he confirmed with police dispatch before deciding to pull the man over.
After turning on his lights to stop Pritchard, Pritchard reportedly turned down Second Street, allegedly driving into oncoming traffic, before pulling over at the intersection of Second and Center streets.
As the deputy approached Pritchard, he allegedly smelled of alcohol and told the deputy that before he said anything, the deputy should know that he did not have a driver’s license.
When asked if he had been drinking, Pritchard allegedly told the deputy yes, and that he had two or three beers starting around noon.
The deputy then asked Pritchard to step out of the vehicle, at which time he reportedly refused to complete any of the field sobriety tests he was asked to do.
Pritchard was then given a preliminary breath test, which showed he had a blood alcohol content of .223.
He was then placed under arrest for DUI third offense and transported to the Nye County Detention Center.