On Thursday May 7th, 2015, at around 11:16pm, Brownsville Police Department Officer Garth Avery observed a red BMW traveling south bound on Highway 259 north with one headlight and speeding. Police stopped the vehicle at Kerr's flower shop. Officer Avery reported that the driver had very blood shot eyes and slow and slurred speech. Field sobriety test were administered and the driver could not perform a portion of the test and showed evidence of being under the influence.
The driver admitted to Officer Avery that he had smoked marijuana early that night. According to police, consent to search the vehicle was granted and officers discovered a small amount of packaged marijuana, a small quantity of controlled substance pills, and several items of drug paraphernalia. Also found in the search was $391 in cash.
The driver of the vehicle, Zebulon Higdon, 20, of Big Clifty, was arrested and charged with the following: One headlight, speeding 15 mph over the limit, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs etc..08 or above-1st offense, drug paraphernalia-buy/possess, trafficking in a controlled substance-1st degree-1st offense-(<10 D.U. drug unspecified), possession of a controlled substance-1st degree-1st offense-drug unspecified, possession of marijuana, trafficking in marijuana-less than 8oz-1st offense.
Higdon was transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail. Officer Avery was assisted in the investigation by Officer Nathan Dennis and Deputy Wally Ritter.
Edmonson Voice Staff