Mercer Sheriff's blotter...

May 27

AGGRAVATED DUI: While patrolling the area of Matoaka Road, Deputy M.T. Hatfield observed a red pick-up truck traveling over the speed the limit. The truck, traveling 52 in a 40 was also traveling erratically and crossing over the lines. Hatfield then performed a traffic stop. The driver then advised Hatfield that he had a firearm in the vehicle and asked if he could step out of the vehicle so Hatfield could retrieve it from the vehicle. Hatfield advised that he would and that he appreciated him informing him about it. Hatfield observed his eyes to be watery and bloodshot and smelled a strong alcoholic smell coming from his person. After retrieving the firearm, Hatfield observed an open bottle of Canadian Mist Whiskey next to the firearm. When asked if he had been drinking the driver, Paul Bullins, 50, of Matoaka, W. Va., replied yes. Bullins then agree to a field sobriety test. Bullins lacked smooth movements during the tests. After agreeing to a BAC test Bullins blew a .168. Bullins was charged with aggravated DUI.

May 28

AGGRAVATED DUI: Deputy M.T. Hatfield was patrolling the area of Jimmy Lewis Lake in Bluewell, W. Va., when he observed a silver vehicle cross the center line several times. After conducting a traffic stop Hatfield approached the vehicle and asked the driver for his information. As the driver, Michael Stroupe, 43, of Pocahontas, Va., was retrieving the information, Hatfield detected a strong smell of alcohol to be coming from the vehicle. When asked if he had been drinking, Stroupe informed Hatfield that he had drank a couple of Keystone Lights that day. He then agreed to a field sobriety test. During the tests, which Stroupe failed to produce smooth movements of, Hatfield observed his eyes to be bloodshot and watery. After agreeing to a breath test Stroupe blew a BAC of .184. Stroupe was arrested and charged with aggravated DUI.

May 29

DUI: Deputy M.T. Hatfield was patrolling the area of Meadow Field Lane when he observed a white vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign. Hatfield then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Hatfield approached the vehicle and then asked for the driver’s information. After giving the information, the driver, advised that he was picking his fiancé up from work. Hatfield observed his eyes to be bloodshot and watery. Hatfield also observed the driver’s eyelids to be heavy and his voice to be raspy. When asked if he had been drinking he answered that he had not and he agreed to a field sobriety test. Hatfield also noted a strong smell of marijuana coming from the driver’s person. The driver, Errol Bugh, 26, of Princeton, W. Va., lacked smooth movements during the various tests. Bugh agreed to submit a blood sample though he said, “i’m gonna fail it.” Bugh was charged with 1st DUI (drugs).

May 31

BREAKING AND ENTERING, PETIT LARCENY: Lt. L.B. Murphy, Deputy C.K. Lester, and Deputy M.R. Lacy responded to a call about breaking and entering at Jim Browning’s Towing. On scene, Lacy observed a female walking inside of the secured fenced in lot. The lot owner then unlocked the lot to let officers in. Last then placed the female in handcuffs and asked if she had any identification. She produced an ID and was identified as Chrissy Dale Smith, 41, of Princeton, W. Va. When placed in the back of the patrol vehicle. Dale informed Lacy that she had entered the lot to retrieve her vehicle tags. Located in the back of the truck a screwdriver, crescent wrench, and the tags, that she had taken off, were found. Dale was charged with b&e and petit larceny.

THEFT FROM VEHICLE: Deputy C.K. Lester was called in reference to a stolen gun. The complainant advised she was in the process of moving and had her gun, which had belonged to her grandfather, in her vehicle. She stated that the vehicle was not locked as she had never had any previous incidents such as this. She stated that she had left the gun inside of the vehicle on 5-20 and had asked a family member to check the vehicle on 5-25. She was then told that the gun was missing. The gun is described as a Smith and Wesson 40 caliber, silver on top and black on the bottom. The serial number is not known.

June 2

DUI: W.E. Rose. was dispatched to Coke Plant Rd regarding a single vehicle MVA. A white chevy tahoe was flipped on its top in the middle of Packing Plant rd in Bluefield WV. The driver, Christian M. Simms, 21, of Bluefield, W. Va., was standing by the vehicle with blood coming from his arm. When asked if he was the driver, Rose detected a strong smell of alcohol coming from Simms’ person. Simms informed Rose that he was drunk and had been driving and was aware he would be arrested. He then asked if they would not put cuffs on him. Rose informed him he needed to walk with him to the ambulance to treat his cut or see if he needed to go to the hospital. He agreed and followed him to the ambulance. Rose oberseved Simms to be staggering and swaying as he walked. EMS treated Simms and he denied transport to the hospital. Simms was transported to MCSD for a field sobriety test. He failed to produce smooth movements during these tests. During his BAC test Simms blew a 0.121.