Police find semi-conscious driver stopped in turn lane
On Jan. 4 an officer found a vehicle stopped in the left hand turn lane on Wagner Avenue, just south of Lease Avenue. The officer found the suspect, Troy York sitting in the driver’s seat. York was semi-conscious and not coherent and he continued to try and drive the vehicle even though the keys were removed from the ignition. York’s wife was sitting in the front passenger’s seat. She told officers York just stopped the car and she could not get him to respond to her. York did not wish to leave the car, but the officer had prior knowledge he had an active bench warrant with Greenville Police Department for an original charge of disorderly conduct. The officer was able to get York to leave the car and he was placed under arrest on the bench warrant. After York was handcuffed he was seen by Greenville Rescue Squad. York could not answer the squad’s questions and was told he had to go to the hospital. York was not cooperative with squad members so the officer transported him to Wayne HealthCare. York was medically cleared from the hospital a few hours later and transported to the Darke County Jail, where he was incarcerated with no bond and must serve 15 days. After incarcerating York, the officer ran his driving record through the BMV files via LEADS and found him to be under a prior OVI suspension with a fee required. The officer also determined the car was registered to York’s wife Courtney, who also had previously been cited for wrongful entrustment for allowing Troy York to drive her vehicle on July 27, 2016. Courtney York was later convicted of that charge. When the officer asked Courtney York why she let her husband drive the car, she said she didn’t want to but he was incoherent so she decided to “just let it ride” and let Troy drive. Courtney York was issued a citation for wrongful entrustment. Troy York was cited at the Darke County Jail for driving under suspension. No drugs were located in the vehicle.
On Jan. 1 an officer spoke with complainant Tiffany Bercaw concerning a vehicle theft. Bercaw explained she let the suspect, Justin Dispennette borrow her vehicle on Dec. 31, so he could move to another residence. Bercaw told the officer she did not give Dispennette a set time to return the vehicle and thought she would be able to call him and he would return it when he was finished moving. While speaking with Bercaw, another officer located and stopped Bercaw’s vehicle in the 700 block of East Main Street. Bercaw was asked if she wanted to pursue charges and she said no she just wanted her vehicle back. While the officer was speaking with Bercaw, she found out that another female was in the vehicle with Dispennette. This angered Bercaw and she decided to go ahead and pursue charges against the defendant. A short time later, the officer and Bercaw went to where the vehicle was located and Bercaw gave the officer permission to conduct a search. While searching the vehicle, Dispennette admitted to one of the officers there was some marijuana, which belonged to him inside a cigarette box. The box was located in the cup holder near the center console. Dispennette was cited for drug abuse and released from the scene. The marijuana was taken to the Greenville Police Department, where it tested positive for marijuana. The marijuana was placed into property at the Greenville PD property room.
On Jan. 5 officers were dispatched to the Walmart parking lot in reference to a subject who was reportedly operating a vehicle and was possibly under the influence. While enroute to the call, dispatch advised the officer the anonymous complainant observed a female drinking alcohol inside the vehicle, which had left the area. Approximately five minutes later, the anonymous complainant contacted dispatch and reported the vehicle was now parked in the Tractor Supply Company parking lot and the female was still in the vehicle. Upon the officer’s arrival at Tractor Supply, the vehicle was located in the parking lot and the driver was identified as Kristine Ferguson, the registered owner. The vehicle was running and Ferguson was in the operator’s seat with a male in the front passenger seat. While approaching the vehicle, the officer observed Ferguson reach underneath the front of her seat as if she was attempting to conceal something. While speaking with Ferguson, the officer saw an open beer can in the center console of the vehicle. as well as another open beer can between Ferguson’s legs on the front floor board of the vehicle. The beer can between Ferguson’s legs was found to be approximately half full of beer. When asked about drinking, Ferguson initially stated that she had two or three beers then later admitted to drinking four. The officer noticed Ferguson’s speech to be slurred and there was a very strong odor of alcohol about her person. While searching for her identification, Ferguson fumbled with her wallet and other items in her vehicle. The officer asked Ferguson to exit the vehicle. She agreed and staggered as she got out. Ferguson agreed to perform and did poorly on field sobriety tests. Ferguson was placed under arrest and was transported to the Greenville Police Department where she agreed to a breath test. Ferguson was issued citations for physical control and open container. She was released to a friend.
On Jan. 6 an officer responded to the 1100 block of East Russ Road in reference to a non-injury crash between two vehicles. The officer spoke to defendant Lynnette Lehman, who said she did not see a west bound vehicle as she was making a left hand turn from a parking lot onto East Russ Road. Lehman collided with the west bound vehicle. The officer discovered Lehman, who was the registered owner of the vehicle, had glossy eyes, slurred speech and could not follow directions clearly. The officer also detected a strong odor of alcohol about her person. When the officer asked Lehman for her driver’s license and proof of insurance, she produced her license and a medical card. Lehman was instructed to retrieve her vehicle insurance card, which she could not produce at the time. Lehman admitted to consuming alcohol and said she had consumed two mixed drinks. The defendant was asked to perform field sobriety tests in which she agreed and performed poorly. Lehman was placed under arrest for OVI and was transported to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, where she agreed to provide a breath sample. She was placed under an ALS suspension and was issued citations for OVI and right of way while turning left. The defendant was then released to her husband.
On Jan. 7 an officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North Gray Avenue on a report of a verbal domestic situation. The officer spoke with the two parties involved in the disagreement, which was over a male friend being at the residence. During the investigation, officers located James Bell in the family room of the residence. Bell had an active warrant for his arrest through the police department for failure to comply with serving 34 days on an original charge of possession of drug abuse instruments. Bell was transported to the Darke County Jail, where he was incarcerated and held on no bond.
On Jan. 5 officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 300 block of West Water Street in regards to an individual with a warrant. Upon arrival the officers knocked on the front door, which was ajar. A resident told the officers to come inside. Upon entry, officers observed an individual under a pile of blankets identified as Zachary Jameson Downam. Downam had an active felony warrant for his arrest for a probation violation. He was placed under arrest and the warrant was confirmed through the Darke County Sheriif’s Offoce. Downam was transported to the county jail, where he was incarcerated and held on no bond.
On Jan. 6 an officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of Washington Avenue concerning an individual with a warrant through Mercer County. Upon arrival, officers made contact with Patrick Flint. Flint was detained and a confirmation was sent to Mercer County in reference to him having a warrant for failure to appear on larceny. Mercer County confirmed Flint’s warrant and he was transported to the county jail where he was incarcerated to await pick up arrangements with Mercer County.
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