Certain Charged with Unlawful Possession of Weapon

July 8, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Andy Joe Certain

36 year old Andy Joe Certain of Bright Hill Road, Smithville was charged last week with unlawful possession of a weapon. His bond is $25,000 and he will be in court July 11.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Wednesday, July 3 a deputy responded to a call at the Loop due to possible shots being fired. Upon arrival, the officer saw Certain and several other people in the yard. After interviewing Certain and reading him his rights, the deputy learned from Certain that he was in possession of a firearm and that he had fired one round into the ground. Certain also allegedly admitted to being a convicted felon. Certain told the officer that he had placed the firearm in the glove box of a vehicle, prior to the deputy arriving. Certain was placed in custody and taken to the jail for booking.

30 year old Eustacio Hernandez of Lafayette was charged last week with driving under the influence. He was also issued a citation for failure to maintain his lane of travel and simple possession of a schedule II drug (less than a half gram of cocaine). His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court July 25. Sheriff Ray said that on July 4 Hernandez was operating a motor vehicle on Highway 56 when he was stopped for swerving. The arresting officer reported that Hernandez had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and he was unsteady on his feet. He performed poorly on all field sobriety tasks and he refused to submit to a blood test. Upon a search of the vehicle, a small amount of cocaine was found inside the cigarette lighter outlet. He was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

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