Page 2_THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL JUNE 6, 2012
Texting driver charged
with DUI early Saturday
A Hosford man was charged
with DUI after a Liberty County
deputy watched him repeatedly
swerve from one lane to the
other while driving along SR 20
around 1:40 a.m. Saturday.
Deputy Jonathan Gentry was
on patrol in the Blue Creek area
when he noticed a westbound
vehicle traveling erratically.
In his report, he noted that
the driver, James Essman, 39,
drove into the opposite lane and
then back at least three times.
The deputy turned on his emergency
lights to stop Essman after he once again
crossed into the oncoming lane. The driver
managed to return to the westbound lane
as an eastbound vehicle was heading his
Essman pulled onto the north shoulder
of the road and stopped. Essman explained
why he was driving the way he was, telling
the deputy: "I was texting my son. This is
arrested for DUI
A Quincy man seen weaving in and
out of the north and southbound lanes
of SR 65 North
was later taken
after a deputy
and arrested him
Watson, 56, was
traveling on SR
20 and turned on
WALTER D. WATSON SR 65 N when
him around 9:36 p.m. on May 30.
While following Watson's Chevrolet
pickup for about one mile, the deputy
twice saw him cross the fog line on the
right side of the road with all four tires.
After stopping the pickup and speaking
with the driver, the deputy noticed the
strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on
his person. Watson admitted that he had
"a couple of beers."
When he got out of his truck to take
a roadside sobriety test, he had to catch
himself on the door to keep from falling
down. While counting aloud during one of
the exercises, he lost his balance and fell
onto the back of his truck.
He was arrested for DUI and cited for
having an open container in his truck. He
refused to give a breath sample at the jail
to determine his level of intoxication.
He was later released on $2,500 bond.
why I was in the other lane."
When asked if he had been
drinking, he replied, "I've had
about five or six beers."
Essman tried unsuccessfully
to take a roadside sobriety
test but repeatedly stumbled,
staggered and fell over during
the attempt, according to the
When asked to stand on one
leg, Essman replied, "Nobody
can do that exercise."
A breath alcohol test at the jail in Bristol
gave readings that were twice the legal
limit. The first sample was .177 and the
second was. 174. Florida's legal limit is .08.
Essman was later released on $500 bond.
charged with felony
for 4th DUI arrest
A Hosford man is facing several charges
after an early-morning traffic stop on SR
20, one mile east of SR 267.
Jason P. Baker's pickup was pulled over
after a deputy spotted him driving in the
wrong lane at 1:30 a.m. Thursday.
The arrest report noted that Baker
of an alcoholic
beverage and was
very unsteady on
his feet. He told a
deputy, "I've had
about five beers."
When asked how
long ago he had
"A b o u t 3 0 JASON P. BAKER
difficulty following directions during a
roadside sobriety test and fell sideways;
later, when asked to lift one foot, he lost
his balance and stumbled backwards.
He was placed under arrest for DUI
"due to his obvious level of intoxication,"
according to the arrest report.
Following his arrest, deputies learned
Baker was also wanted on a warrant, had a
revoked license and was on probation.
His Chevrolet Silverado was towed
from the scene and he was taken to jail,
where he refused to give a breath sample
to determine his level of intoxication.
He was charged with felony DUI,
felony driving while license suspended or
revoked, refusal to submit to a breath test
and violation of probation.
A $30,000 bond was set for Baker
but he is being held without bond on the
Altha woman facing meth
charges after traffic stop
A 46-year-old Altha [
woman was arrested
Thursday night in Bristol
after she was found with
methamphetamine, two glass
pipes and a large amount of
cash, according to a report
from the Liberty County
Liberty County Deputy
Bobby Revell pulled over
Tanya Ellen Barrentine
around 10:25 p.m. at SR 20
and Myers Ann Street after noticing her
windshield and one of her taillights were
Two deputies were speaking with her
when a third walked up and spotted a glass
pipe in a plastic bag on the passenger floor
board, according to the arrest report.
Barrentine was taken into custody based
on "verbal and non verbal indicators that she
was concealing illegal contraband on her
person," the deputy's report noted.
During a Search at the scene, a glass meth
pipe was fotmd down the front of Barrentine's
TANYA E BARRENTINE
pants. Before undergoing a more
extensive search at the county
jail, Barrentine told a deputy she
had hidden methamphetamine in
her underwear. Three plastic bags
containing meth were found.
Over $4,000 was discovered
in the car, including $339 in the
passenger's seat. The rest of the
money - totaling $3,800 - was
bound together with an elastic
hair tie. The money was divided
into five bundles "in a way that is
consistent with purchasing large amounts
of methamphetamine," according to the
Deputies also found a marijuana cigarette
in the vehicle. The car was impounded
pending forfeiture of the vehicle and
She is charged with possession with
intent to sell methamphetamine, possession
of methamphetamine, possession or use of
drug paraphernalia and possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana.
Bond was set at $60,000.
In last week's cover-
age of Tolar 's Kindergar-
ten graduation on page
32, Kayelyn Franklin's
first name was incorrectly
printed as Fayelyn.
And on page 19, featur-
ing the Tolar Talent Show,
Josie Bruffett was incor-
We also had a mix-up on
the Calhoun County Grad-
uation Keepsake. The cor-
rections have been made
and a new copy was print-
ed and distributed to the
class. Any graduate who
did not receive a new copy
may come by the Journal
to pick theirs up. The cor-
rected version will soon be
online at CL1NEWS.com.
• Casey Cook, driving with license
Suspended or revoked with knowledge,
• Savannah Leeanne Downum, failure
to appear, CCSO.
• Alfred Elden Way, Jr., failure to ap-
pear, introduction of contraband, carrying
a concealed weapon, CCSO.
• Mack Morgan, VOCC, CCSO.
• Darryl Miller, driving with license sus-
pended or revoked (felony), CCSO.
• Gordon Ammons, VOP, CCSO.
• Alexandra Baggett, battery, CCSO.
• Liza Austin, battery, CCSO.
• Jessica Bess, criminal mischief over
$200 and under $1,000, CCSO.
• Josie Kilby, conspiracy to sell crack
cocaine, child abuse, CCSO.
• Albert Johnson, Jr, driving with li-
cense suspended or revoked (habitual),
• April Louise Burke, battery, CCSO.
• Savannah Downum, holding for
-Walter Watson, DUI, LCSO.
• Jason Baker, driving with ficense
suspended or revoked (habitual), war-
rant VOP, DUI (habitual), DUI refusal
• Liza Marie Austin, holding for CCSO,
• Alexandra Baggett, holding for
• Jessica Bess, holding for CCSO,
• Josie Kilby, holding for CCSO.
• Tanya Barrentine, possession with
intent to sell methamphetamine, posses-
sion of methamphetamine, possession or
use of drug paraphernalia, possession of
less than 20 grams of marijuana, LCSO.
• Regina Sparks, cruelty towards a
child, DUI (alcohol or drugs), LCSO.
• James Eric Essman, DUI (alcohol or
• April Louise Burke, holding for CCSO,
Ustings include name followed by charge and iden "tt#cahbn
of arresting agency. The names above represent those
charged. We remind our readers that all are presumed
innocent unh'l proven guilty.
Blountstown Police Dept.
May 28 through June 3, 2012
Accidents. .............. 04 Traffic Citations .................. 46
Special details (business escorts, traffic details)......77
Business alarmL...05 Residential alarms .......... O0