Report: Intoxicated man wrecks in ditch

JONESBORO, Ark. – A Memphis man made a wrong turn late Wednesday – ending up in a ditch in Craighead County.

It happened shortly before 10 p.m. on County Road 652. Craighead County Sheriff’s Department arrived on the scene to find the grandfather of the vehicle’s owner pulling his vehicle out of a ditch. A deputy noticed a blue pipe with burned marijuana nearby, appearing to have been thrown out the driver’s window.

At the same time, another deputy was making contact with the driver, James Shannon Pipkin, 39, of Memphis, Tn. This deputy noticed Pipkin speaking with the odor of intoxicants coming from his body and slurred speech, bloodshot and watery eyes and a general unsteadiness on his feet. 

GetPhoto (4).jpgThe deputy asked Pipkin if he had anything to drink and according to the report, Pipkin said he drank approximately half of a fifth of liquor an hour prior.

Following a failed field sobriety test, he was arrested. A blood alcohol content of .16 was blown at the detention center.

Pipkin faces charges of possession of a schedule VI substance and drug paraphernalia, DWI, careless nad prohibited driving and having no driver’s license. All are misdemeanors.

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