Edmonson Voice Staff
The weekend proved to be busy for local police as three separate unrelated DUI arrests were made throughout the county. On Friday night, Gary Highbaugh, 63, was pulled over by Deputy Sheriff Stoney Phillips, who was assisted by Deputy Wally Ritter and Officer Garth Avery of the Brownsville PD. There had been a complaint of erratic driving from a vehicle matching Highbaugh's description. As Highbaugh was stopped, police say a Pabst Blue Ribbon flew out the driver's side window. Highbaugh was charged with DUI, tampering with physical evidence. Phillips also served Highbaugh with an FTA warrant for possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, trafficking a controlled substance 2nd degree (2nd offense), carrying a concealed deadly weapon, and for being a persistent felony offender. Highbaugh was also arrested last week for being intoxicated and causing a disturbance in the Bee Spring Restaurant. He was lodged in the Hart County Jail.
On Saturday evening, Phillip Meredith, 61, Bee Spring, was pulled over by Deputy Wally Ritter who was assisted by Special Deputy Jordan Jones, after police received reports of Meredith driving recklessly on Jock Road. As contact was made with Meredith, police said the strong smell of alcohol was evident. Police also said that Meredith was very non-compliant and he was arrested with multiple charges on top of aggravated circumstances DUI.
On Sunday night, Jeffery Poteet, 40, Warren County, was stopped by KSP Trooper Chris Newkirk on Highway 1749 in the Wingfield Community. Police said the odor of alcohol was very strong and that after Poteet failed the administered sobriety tests, he was arrested and charged with DUI.