JONESBORO, Ark. – A midnight traffic stop became a DWI arrest after a man was found to be drunk and driving erratically, a report said.
It happened at 12:21 a.m. Sunday, when Craighead County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mike Lawrence was traveling on County Road 318. He noticed a Jeep Grand Cherokee drive left of the center line twice, the incident report says, with the vehicle jerking to the right each time. The traffic stop was initiated on County Road 318, just north of Beverly Drive.
There, the law enforcement officer made contact with the driver, Jamie Theron Hosier, 42, of Jonesboro. Hosier told Lawrence he didn’t have his license or phone with him, but also appeared to avoid looking at the deputy, the report says. He was asked to exit the vehicle.
Hosier got out of his vehicle and the deputy immediately noticed the strong odor of intoxicants coming from his person, with his eyes appearing to be very red, the report indicates. After patting him down, the deputy also found his cell phone sticking out of his back pocket – along with the man’s drivers license. The deputy asked him how much he had drank and Hosier responded two cups of rum.
A field sobriety test followed, with Hosier missing heel to toe on every step, performing an improper turn, and stepping off of the line on his return walk. He also appeared to not be able to stand on one foot. Hosier was arrested for DWI 1 and careless and prohibited driving. He was transported to Craighead County Detention Center.
At CCDC, a BAC test was performed with Hosier reportedly testing for a blood alcohol content of 0.17 – over twice the 0.08 legal limit.
An inventory of the vehicle yielded a partially drank bottle of rum in a cooler.