Last updated: July 17. 2013 1:44PM - 663 Views
ROGER ALFORD Associated Press Writer

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WILLIAMSON - According to criminal complaints acquired from Mingo County Magistrate Court, DUI related arrests have been on the rise lately in Mingo County, which proves that law enforcement agencies are cracking down on those that are caught operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/and or drugs.

Steven Wolford, 33, of Old House Branch in Gilbert, was placed under arrest by Gilbert Police Chief M. Rasmussen and Mingo County Sheriff’s Department N. Glanden on charges of operating an ATV over the center-line of a highway, DUI and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

The police report states that the officers were dispatched by Mingo County 911 to the Gilbert Terrace location on a complaint of two males on an ATV that appeared to be intoxicated and were allegedly attempting to sell illegal narcotics. While en-route to the location, the officers passed a Yamaha Rhino that fit the description of the ATV in question. After turning and following the ATV in an attempt to execute a traffic stop, the riders were observed driving in an erratic fashion, crossing the center line of the highway and running off of the edge of the road. After completing the stop, the driver was found to have a strong alcoholic odor on his breath and failed to complete the series of three field sobriety tests administered by the officers.

At this time, the passenger, Daniel Johnson, 40, of Wharncliffe, was removed from the ATV and while speaking with the officers, a plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance known to be marijuana fell out of his pocket. At this time, a pat down of the defendant was performed and a small glass container wrapped in aluminum foil containing 15 small, blue pills known to be Oxycodone 30 mg tablets was found. Johnson allegedly admitted to ingesting Oxycodone, Xanax and smoked marijuana earlier in the evening. He was placed under arrest on charges of possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

Both defendants were arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Dee Sidebottom and were remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden until which time they met the regulations and stipulations of their bonds (Wolford - $6,100 and Johnson - $15,000).

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