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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 way. 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 Quincy man arrested for DUI A Quincy man seen weaving in and out of the north and southbound lanes of SR 65 North was later taken into custody after a deputy determined he was intoxicated and arrested him for DUI. Walter D. Watson, 56, was traveling on SR 20 and turned on WALTER D. WATSON SR 65 N when Deputy Bobby Revell noticed 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. JAMES ESSMAN 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 deputy's report. 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. Hosford resident 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 smelled strongly 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 been drinking, he responded: "A b o u t 3 0 JASON P. BAKER minutes." Baker had 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 probation violation. SHERIFF'S L()G 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 Sheriff's Office. 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 cracked. • 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 arrest report. Deputies also found a marijuana cigarette in the vehicle. The car was impounded pending forfeiture of the vehicle and currency. 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, CORRECTIONS Josie Bruffett was incor- rectly identified. 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 OALHOUB COUNTY May 29 • Casey Cook, driving with license Suspended or revoked with knowledge, BPD. • Savannah Leeanne Downum, failure to appear, CCSO. • Alfred Elden Way, Jr., failure to ap- pear, introduction of contraband, carrying a concealed weapon, CCSO. May 30 • Mack Morgan, VOCC, CCSO. • Darryl Miller, driving with license sus- pended or revoked (felony), CCSO. • Gordon Ammons, VOP, CCSO. May 31 • 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), BPD June 3 • April Louise Burke, battery, CCSO. LIBERTY COUNTY May 29 • Savannah Downum, holding for CCSO, CCSO. May 30 -Walter Watson, DUI, LCSO. May 31 • Jason Baker, driving with ficense suspended or revoked (habitual), war- rant VOP, DUI (habitual), DUI refusal (habitual), LCSO. • Liza Marie Austin, holding for CCSO, CCSO. • Alexandra Baggett, holding for CCSO. • Jessica Bess, holding for CCSO, 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. June 1 • Regina Sparks, cruelty towards a child, DUI (alcohol or drugs), LCSO. June 2 • James Eric Essman, DUI (alcohol or drugs), LCSO. June 3 • April Louise Burke, holding for CCSO, 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 Citations issued: Accidents. .............. 04 Traffic Citations .................. 46 Special details (business escorts, traffic details)......77 Business alarmL...05 Residential alarms .......... O0 Complaints .............................................................. 46