August 18, 2011

Stranded Motorists Get 'Stuck' With Drug Charges

A failed attempt to exit the Old Lake Bash resulted in a pair of Kirksville residents entering the Scotland County Jail.

Officers from the Scotland County Sheriff's Office arrested Grace S. Fobes, 19, and Christopher W. Chinn on Sunday, August 7th in the parking area of the old Memphis city lake.

According to court documents, the two individuals were attempting to leave the event at the lake, when their vehicle became stuck in a ditch.

When officers on the scene attempted to assist the stranded motorists, alcohol and drug paraphernalia were identified in the vehicle.

Fobes was ticketed for minor in possession of alcohol and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Chinn was cited with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol also reported a pair of arrests were made on August 6th and August 7th.

Zachary W. Orton, 20, of Memphis, was ticketed for driving while intoxicated, minor in possession of alcohol and speeding.

Clinton R. Clark 66, of Memphis, was ticketed for DWI.

Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announced that sometime during the month of September 2011, Troop B officers will conduct DWI enforcement operations in Knox, Clark, and Lewis counties. During these operations, extra troopers will focus their attention on selected highways with a goal of detecting intoxicated drivers, and hazardous moving, speed, and other traffic violations that cause traffic crashes.

"The Patrol is committed to removing intoxicated drivers from our highways," stated Captain Wilt. "I would like to urge all motorists to choose a sober designated driver if drinking alcohol is a part of your plans."

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