A 33-year-old Kentucky man is facing felony drug trafficking charges after allegedly driving an all-terrain vehicle while intoxicated in Bell County on April 29. The Arjay resident is charged with one count of trafficking in marijuana, first and third degree counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, possessing drug paraphernalia, driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving without a valid driver's license and operating an ATV on the roadway.
A Bell County Sheriff's Department deputy says that the sequence of events began when he pulled over an ATV that he had observed being driven erratically and at a high rate of speed. The deputy claims that the man atop the ATV appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs and had bloodshot eyes. He was taken into custody after allegedly failing two field sobriety tests.
During an inventory of the man's possessions, the deputy says that he discovered a pill bottle containing five strips of Suboxone and a bag containing a substance believed to be methamphetamine in a shirt pocket. The man is then said to have admitted to the deputy that his ATV saddlebags contained marijuana. A bag containing less than eight ounces of the drug was allegedly then discovered.
Experienced criminal defense attorneys may encourage those facing drug charges to be polite to and cooperate with police officers but make no admissions even if the facts seem clear. Cases involving drug offenses are not decided based on what is known but on what can be proved, and defendants who make spontaneous confessions or admissions could make it more difficult for their defense attorneys to establish reasonable doubt.
Source: WATE, "Kentucky man on ATV arrested for DUI, drug trafficking", Staff report, April 30, 2018
Source: WYMT, "ATV driver arrested on drug charges after allegedly driving recklessly", Staff report, April 30, 2018