Sheriff Shawn Stephens was working security at the Independence County Fair Friday night when a fair board member contacted him about a person there causing problems who needed to be removed from the property. While talking to the man, identified as Timothy Casper, 67, of Marion, the sheriff noticed a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his person, along with bloodshot watery eyes, and swaying slightly while standing still. Stephens and other deputies escorted Casper from the fairgrounds. Stephens asked Casper if he could call someone to come get him due to having intoxicants on his person and Casper stated no, he didn’t have anyone close and he would go across the street to his vehicle and sleep for the night. A short time later, Stephens noticed Casper had gotten into a commercial truck, pulled out and the headlights and taillights were not on. Stephens activated his blue emergency lights and followed the truck for one-half mile before it stopped. Stephens made contact with Casper and found the tags on the truck did not display a current expiration sticker, but when Stephens ran the tags they showed to be valid.

Stephens commenced field sobriety testing which Casper failed. Due to the breath alcohol concentration machine being down at the county jail, Casper was taken to Jackson County for his BAC test where he registered a .08. Casper requested a second test and was taken to White River Medical Center. He was then transported to the Independence County Jail where he was booked on charges of improper display of tags, operating a commercial vehicle with a BAC of .04, no lights at night and DWI. He was also given a criminal trespass warning for the fairgrounds property.

June has been busy for the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.

Friday afternoon deputies responded to 14 Camp Tahkodah Road in reference to a stolen, wrecked 2001 GMC Yukon. After visiting with the complainant, deputies learned her daughter-in-law had moved out of the residence and sold the wrecked vehicle without the owner’s permission. The title of the vehicle was provided to deputies. Deputies spoke to the man who had bought the wrecked vehicle for $400 and the Yukon was located in Batesville. The case is still under investigation.

On Monday, deputies were dispatched to a residence in Magness in reference to a stolen, red, 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with a tow-truck operator and Tyler Reeves, 29. Reeves said the car had been parked outside since May 14. About four weeks ago the vehicle was gone, and he thought the Camaro was repossessed by the lienholder. Reeves told investigators he owed about $20,000 on the vehicle, but couldn’t keep up with the payments. He left the keys inside the vehicle and contacted the lienholder to repossess the vehicle. Dispatch reviewed the repo logs and they were unable to find the car listed. The car was entered in the Arkansas Crimes Information Center and an alert was sent to the surrounding counties.

Monday evening deputies were dispatched to the Sulphur Rock Post Office in reference to a white 2006 Toyota Tundra that left the scene of an accident after striking the postal mail box next to the building. Deputies documented the damage to the mailbox and took information from witnesses. Then the vehicle in question drove past. Deputies followed the vehicle and confirmed the license plate number. The vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of South Vaughn Street and West Broadway. The Tundra traveled west, and entered into the eastbound, before abruptly returning to the westbound lane. Deputies activated the blue emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop.

The deputies began a field sobriety test, but due to weather conditions, the test was moved to the sallyport of the jail. Dailey lost his balance several times during the testing. He was cited for failing to stop a stop sign, careless or prohibited driving, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and DWI.

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