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DUI stop - Infant in unsecured child seat

by Emily Waldrep

Tyler County Dispatch received a call on June 6 at approximately 10:30 p.m. reporting a blue colored sedan driving erratically on Hwy 190 East.

Tyler County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Byrum was in the area and observed a vehicle matching the description just west of the Dam-B caution lights. The vehicle could not maintain a single lane of travel, and Deputy Byrum then attempted to make a traffic stop. The vehicle did not yield to the Deputy and continued to travel another two to three miles eastbound before coming to a stop on Highway 92 South.

Deputy Byrum ordered the driver out of the vehicle, and when the male got out of the vehicle he could not follow simple instructions and was very unsteady on his feet.

The driver was identified as Justin Jones, age 29, of Jasper. Jones refused to follow commands and was taken to the ground by Deputy Casey Whitworth and Jeremy Byrum.

There were three other males in the vehicle, identified as Bobby Samuel, age 28 of Jasper, John Grant, age 33 of Jasper, and Douglas Spikes, age 24 of Jasper.

Also in the vehicle was a one-year-old child.

"The child was in a safety seat, but the seat was not secured by a seatbelt," Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said.

Deputies could see two cigarettes in plain view in the front of the vehicle and one in the rear seat of the vehicle.

"Through training and professional knowledge, the Deputies believed that the cigarettes have been dipped in a substance called Phencyclidine, which is a penalty group 1 narcotic," Weatherford said. "The cigarettes were then field tested positive for Phencyclidine."

All four adult occupants were then arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance, and Deputies were able to contact the small child's mother, who came and picked him up.

Jones was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Driving While Intoxicated.

Douglas Spikes was charged with Abandonment and Endangerment to a Child-Criminal Negligence and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Samuel and Grant were both charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, penalty group 1.

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