A Gainesboro man has been charged with a sixth offense of driving on a suspended license.
27 year old Terry Russell Whittaker, Jr. is also cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and for improper passing. His bond is $15,000 and he will be in court March 26.
Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Monday, March 2 a sheriff's department detective spotted a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed on Highway 70 east and observed it pass another automobile in a no passing zone. The detective stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Whittaker who admitted that he did not have a valid driver license. A computer check confirmed that Whittaker has a suspended license for failure to pay fines due to a traffic violation. Whittaker also has five other driving while license suspended charges and convictions on his record. During a search of the vehicle, the detective found two hypodermic needles that Whittaker said he used for Subutex. Whittaker was placed under arrest.
32 year old Samantha Bee Florida of Turkey Branch Road, Liberty is cited for a light law violation, simple possession of a schedule II drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She will be in court March 26. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, March 3 a deputy observed a car with a tail light out. He made a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, Florida. After receiving consent to search, the officer found a syringe loaded with 60 units of morphine along with five other empty syringes, a spoon, and a straw which contained a white powdery substance.
32 year old Charles Michael Blanchfield of Nashville Highway, Dowelltown is cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. He will be in court July 16. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, March 8 a deputy drove up to the Shell station on Highway 70 where the tenants reported to the officer that a vehicle had been setting at the pumps for over an hour. The deputy performed a welfare check on the driver of the automobile, Blanchfield. The officer also conducted a search of Blanchfield and his vehicle and found two syringes.
47 year old Gary Jason Britt of Belk Road, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence and reckless endangerment. He was also cited for Driving on Roadways Laned for Travel. His bond is $4,000 and he will be in court May 7. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, March 8 a deputy spotted a Ford pickup truck failing to maintain his lane of travel on Highway 288, crossing the yellow line several times. The officer made a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, Britt who had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. Britt performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and he submitted to a blood alcohol test. Britt's 13 year old daughter was in the truck with him at the time he was driving impaired, placing her in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury.