Mercer County Sheriff's Department blotter -- April 8-9


April 8

DUI: Deputy M.T. Hatfield and Sgt. W.E. Rose were on routine patrol of the Courthouse Road area, when they reported seeing a black Lincoln Navigator traveling in front of them at 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. Once in the area of Morning Side Drive and Courthouse Road, Hatfield reported seeing the vehicle left of center multiple times and initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Ceres Hollow Road and Maple Acres Road.

The officer advised the female driver of the reason for stopping her and asked for all information pertaining to the vehicle. The woman reportedly alleged she was not intoxicated and allegedly agreed to field-sobriety testing, at which point, Hatfield reported she showed impairment on the testing, smelled of alcohol and exhibited slurred speech.

A preliminary breath test reported her blood-alcohol content to be 0.165 BAC, which is over the legal limit. Monica Pilkins, 35, of Bluefield, was then taken into custody on a DUI charge and transported to Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, where she signed an implied consent form and submitted to a secondary chemical test that reported her blood-alcohol content was 0.146 percent. Due to a previous DUI, Pilkins was charged with a second-offense DUI.

DUI: Deputy J.S. Bish was traveling north on Thorn Street, approaching the intersection of Athens Road, and Bish reported seeing the yellow left-turn signal change to red. At that point, a Chevy Uplander allegedly continued traveling through the light. Bish activated his lights and siren behind the vehicle.

When the officer made contact with the driver, the suspect allegedly appeared to be trembling and have depressed reflexes, prompting Bish to inquire about his condition. At that point, the driver allegedly reported he had taken his prescription of Suboxone earlier in the day.

The driver then agreed to field-sobriety testing and reportedly showed impairment on multiple elements of the testing. When Larry Carter, 36, of Princeton, could not touch the tip of his nose with his finger, Bish placed him under arrest for DUI – drugs, due to the totality of evidence and asked if he would be willing to submit to a blood draw to test for the substances in his system.

Carter reportedly agreed, and Bish transported him to Princeton Community Hospital, where a blood draw was completed. The officer then transported Carter to Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, where Sgt. A.M. Ballard, a drug recognition expert, began a 12-step evaluation of Carter.

April 9

DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE: Sgt. J.J. Ruble, Lt. S.J. Cary and Deputy M.R. Lacy responded to Supermarket Street, where a domestic disturbance was reported. There, a woman alleged she and a man had argued, and he had head-butted the wall and knocked himself out. Officers made contact with the man, who allegedly had a laceration to his left wrist area. The man stated several times he attempted to harm himself.

Bluefield Rescue attempted to treat the man and reported he needed stitches, but he declined treatment. EMS bandaged his wound, and the man signed a refusal. The woman was advised of her options to seek a domestic violence protective order and/or to pursue domestic violence charges against the man.