Public intoxication: Officers were dispatched to the area of West Broadway concerning a male subject who was lying under a tree on Saturday, Sept. 7. Upon arrival, Patrolman Johnathan Ball came in contact with the male in question, identified as James R. Wright, 70, who was being evaluated by First Call EMS. According to the report, Wright had an odor of alcohol about his person, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and was unsteady on his feet. For his safety, Wright was placed under arrest and charged with public intoxication.
Warrants served: Shiala M. Tippins, 39, was served with active outstanding warrants for failure to appear and violation of probation on Saturday, Sept. 7. Patrolman Paul Weber said he placed Tippins under arrest after she was found “crawling” around Victory Lanes parking lot seeking cigarette butts to smoke. Tippins was transported to the Cocke County Jail Annex.
Probation violation: Matthew S. Kennedy, 23, Bear Branch Road, was served with active outstanding warrants for violation of probation (three counts) on Friday, Sept. 6. Sgt. Derek Wright arrested Kennedy at a Sequoya Avenue residence.
DUI: Officers were dispatched to Michael’s Bar concerning an intoxicated male subject driving “recklessly” in the parking lot on Saturday, Sept. 7. Upon arrival, Patrolman Paul Weber said he heard the male in question, identified as Edgar R. Jenkins, 33, Wilton Springs Road, screaming and yelling at other people in the parking lot. As officers approached Jenkins, they said he had an odor of alcohol about his person, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and was unsteady on his feet. Ptl. Weber also noted Jenkins sustained a laceration to his hand and had blood on his clothes. During the investigation, officers spoke with several witnesses, who said Jenkins became angry and reportedly “smashed” his front windshield. When questioned if he had consumed alcohol, Jenkins admitted to “taking” three shots. According to the report, officers administered a field sobriety test to Jenkins, but he told officers he did not want to participate in any more tests. He was then placed under arrest without further incident. Jenkins was charged with driving under the influence and disorderly conduct.
Probation violation: Eric W. Hux, 38, Scott Pond Road, was served with active outstanding warrants for violation of probation (three counts) on Thursday, Sept. 5. Patrolman Chris Silvers arrested Hux without incident and transported him to the Cocke County Jail Annex.
DUI: A Newport man was charged with driving under the influence on Sunday, Sept. 8. Sgt. Derek Wright conducted a traffic stop after he observed a male driver “swerving” in between the lanes on West Highway 25/70. According to the report, Sgt. Wright initiated his emergency lights, the driver, identified as Joseph Lackey, 60, Coops Road, came to a stop in the turn lane near the Cocke County Fire Department. Sgt. Wright said he had to instruct Lackey to pull over at a nearby parking lot. Upon making contact with Lackey, officers noted he had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and an odor of alcohol about his person. When questioned if he consumed any alcohol, Lackey admitted he was at a bar prior. Officers administered a field sobriety test to Lackey and he performed poorly on all tests given. He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and improper lane change.
Assault: Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Dykes Street, concerning a domestic disturbance on Saturday, Sept. 7. Upon arrival, Capt. Matthew Elliott spoke with Kristie Saylor, 48, who said while she and her boyfriend, Charles S. Sutton, 45, were arguing over spilled coffee, he allegedly “beat her up.” Sutton fled the scene prior to officers arrival.
INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM REPORTS COMPILED BY THE NEWPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT.