Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

May 19, 2014

Sheriff's Beat: Deputies arrest man for driving left of center

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Tahlequah man last week after stopping him for driving left of center and failing to use a turn signal.

James Gregory Smith, 50, was booked into jail for driving under the influence of drugs, transporting an open container of 3.2 beer, and the traffic citations. Deputy Bryan Qualls stopped Smith and said he noticed an open can of Busch beer in the passenger seat. Smith allegedly confessed he had consumed two beers and was drinking his third when he was stopped by Qualls. Smith was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech, according to Qualls, but a breathalyzer test gave deputies no return on a breath-alcohol content. Qualls said Smith later admitted he had taken a muscle relaxer given to him by a woman earlier in the day. A blood test was then conducted on Smith at a local hospital.

In other matters, Sam Lamons reported a missing bull Thursday.

Deputies took a report last week about the possible sexual assault against a 5-year-old girl.

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