Darren Doyle, story:
A Brownsville man is facing multiple charges that include two felonies after being arrested for DUI for the second time in less than 30 days.
According to Brownsville Police, the first incident occurred on Saturday, June 17, 2017 when they received a complaint of a reckless driver near the 5/6 Center with two children as passengers. Police said they located a vehicle matching the description of the complaint soon after and made a traffic stop near the Brownsville Minit Mart on the white Dodge SUV for failing to use a signal.
Police said the vehicle did not stop, but instead drove to a residence on Vincent Street. Authorities said Johnny Stephens, (52) of Brownsville exited from the vehicle, along with two juvenile passengers, and Stephens showed several signs of intoxication. After police administered field sobriety tests it was determined Stephens was under the influence of alcohol.
He was arrested and charged with Driving under the influence of alcohol and two felony counts of Wanton Endangerment first degree for children being in the vehicle. He was lodged in the Hart County Jail. Brownsville Police was assisted by the U.S. Park Service and the District 2 Constable.
The same man was involved in a minor traffic accident this past Sunday, July 23, 2017 that resulted in yet another DUI charge, according to Brownsville Police.
Officials said they received a call of a minor collision near the junction of Morgantown Road (HWY 70) and 259 around 6:30pm. Reports said that as Ms. Sarah Woods (23) of Hartford was coming to a stop while traveling toward 259 on HWY 70, she was cut off by Johnny Stephens who had just turned onto 70 and attempted to cut into the Shell Station parking lot in her path.
Police said that no one was injured in the fender bender but those at the scene suspected that Stephens had been drinking, according to the smell of alcohol and slurred speech. Law enforcement officers reported that after field sobriety tests were given, Stephens was placed under arrest for driving under the influence, his second arrest for the same charge in less than a month.
He was charged with DUI second offense and one count of Wanton endangerment. He was lodged in the Hart County Jail where he remains on a $3000 cash bond.
Assisting the Brownsville Police was the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.