Princeton Police blotter


May 29

BREACH OF PEACE, PUBLIC INTOXICATION: Ptlm. C.C. Butler was dispatched to the 1300 block of Princeton Avenue to assist DNR Officer J.D. Gills, who was working an altercation between two female subjects in the middle of the roadway. Upon arrival, Butler reported seeing a female stumbling, yelling profanity as officer Gills attempted to run her information through Mercer 911. She allegedly persisted in yelling at officers, stumbling and walking front of oncoming traffic. As Butler approached, Vinia Huffman, 50, of Princeton, he reported smelling a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on her person and finding a nearly empty bottle of vodka inside a paper bag. At that time, Butler placed Huffman under arrest and inside his police cruiser for her safety and that of oncoming traffic.

At that point, the officer spoke with the woman inside a silver Toyota Camry, who was traveling east on Princeton Avenue when Huffman allegedly stumbled into the road in front of her vehicle and yelled at her and her mother.

The driver alleged she exited her vehicle to protect herself and her mother and confronted Huffman, at which point, they got involved in an altercation before Gills arrived on the scene. Butler retrieved statements from the parties inside of the Camry and took Huffman to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office for transport to Southern Regional Jail.

PUBLIC INTOXICATION, BREACH OF PEACE: While patrolling in Princeton, Ptlm. J.A. Angle responded to Princeton Avenue, where a male was reported lying in the yard. The caller stated the male was not wearing a shirt and had on blue jeans. Mercer 911 advised the officer that the suspect’s name was Bobby Clyburn. The officer located the man at the intersection of South Fourth and Harrison streets. While speaking with Clyburn, Angle noted he was very unsteady on his feet, slurred his words and had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage about his person. The man allegedly admitted to having consumed alcohol and mixed them with his medications. Cleburne had allegedly been advised by officers to return home for the remainder of the night. Due to his belligerent behavior and failure to obey officers’ instructions, Angle reported placing him under arrest for his own safety and for that of others. Clyburn, 40, of Princeton, was charged with public intoxication and breach of peace.

June 3

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, PROHIBITED PERSON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM: Ptlm. A.S. Epperson was patrolling Thorn Street, when he reported seeing a blue motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed. The officer activated his emergency lights and siren and pursued the motorcycle up Thorn Street and across from the Budget Inn, where the driver of the motorcycle pulled over.

There, Epperson approached the blue Yamaha motorcycle and spoke with the driver, Michael Crews, 19, of Princeton, allegedly appeared very nervous. The officer asked him to step off of his vehicle, and Epperson noticed he had a large backpack on his shoulders. While performing a search of his person for officer safety, Epperson asked permission to search the bag, and Crews allegedly gave verbal consent. Inside, the officer reported finding two marijuana pipes, along with several small marijuana cigarettes and a small set of digital scales, a metal grinder that contained green, leafy vegetation and a loaded .45-caliber Hi Point pistol. Epperson also reported finding two boxes of ammunition and a small jar containing more vegetation believed to be marijuana.

The officer then placed him into custody, and a search of his criminal history allegedly found him to be a habitual offender and unlawful user of controlled substances.

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