Thursday, May 31, 2001

The Marked Tree Police Department made a DWI arrest, on an area man, earlier this month. On the night of May 21, 2001, the Marked Tree Police Dept. received a call from an individual, saying that Todd E. Maness, 40, of Marked Tree was at his sister's home, on Hwy. 75. According to the police report, Maness left the home "very intoxicated", driving a green Eagle Talon. Officer Jerry Lung responded to the call on Hwy. 75, near the cemetary, when he noticed a green talon pulled over on the side of the road. Lung identified the driver as Maness and noted that Maness' driver's license was suspended. After Maness stepped from the car, according to the police report, Lung could smell a strong odor of intoxicants 20 feet away, coming from Maness. Maness then stumbled getting out of the car and had to use the car, for balance, just to stand. Maness was asked how much he had drank, but according to the police report, his speech was so slurred that Off. Lung could not understand him. Sgt. Kirby of the MTPD later arrived at the scene to help Off. Lung. According to the police report, Lung asked Maness to step to the rear of the vehicle. Maness tried to walk but almost fell when he let go of the car. Police, at the scene, ran a tag check on the vehicle; but, the tags came back on a Ford Thunderbird. Maness was also asked to take a field sobriety test, but, according to the police report, "was too intoxicated to understand the instructions and refused to do the test." Maness was taken to the MTPD, in which Sgt. Kirby and Off. Lung had to assist Maness into the building. Maness, according to the police report, stumbled many times falling into a wall. Maness was read his rights and refused the test. Maness was taken to his cell by Officers Bond and Lung, who assisted him into the cell.

A probable cause hearing was later held that week, by Municipal Judge Jim Dunlap. According to the arrest report, Maness will be charged with DWI 4 (Felony), Driving on a Suspended Drivers License, Fictitious Tags, and Refusing to take Tests. Bond was set by Dunlap at $25,000 and Maness will appear in Poinsett Co. Circuit Court August 3, 2001.

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