By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - A Pike County, Ky., resident was placed under arrest by a law enforcement official in Mingo County on DUI-related charges.
Bobby Amburn, 46, of Stone, Ky., was taken into custody by Williamson Patrolman J.D. Tincher on charges of DUI, failure to wear a seat belt, driving on a suspended license, failure to yield for a stop sign, fleeing in a vehicle and driving left of center.
The officer was patrolling on West 3rd Avenue, according to his report when he saw a 2001 Mercury traveling in the opposite lane, with the driver hunkered down in the seat to a point that only the very top of his cap was visible.
When Tincher turned his cruiser and turned on his lights and siren, the driver attempted to flee at a high rate of speed, ran a stop sign and was seen crossing the center line of the roadway several times, the officer said. Once he was at the top of the hill, he pulled onto U.S. Highway 119 and ran a second stop sign, Tincher said. Amburn eventually yielded to the officer’s demands to stop, and pulled to the side of the highway, according to the report. He was then administered a three-part field sobriety test, which he was unable to complete, the officer said.
While doing a pat-down on Amburn, Tincher said he discovered articles of clothing stuffed in Amburn’s socks and pant legs that the defendant allegedly admitted stealing from the Family Dollar Store, located in the Appalachian Plaza. He was then taken to Williamson Memorial Hospital for a blood and drug toxicology screen, and tested positive for cannabinoids and a high level of opiates, Tincher said. Amburn admitted to the officer that he had been smoking marijuana prior to his arrest, according to the report.
A records check was performed on the defendant through the state Department of Motor Vehicles and Tincher was informed that his license had been suspended, the officer said.
Amburn was arraigned before Mingo County Senior Status Magistrate Kim Blair and was issued a bond in the amount of $15,600, according to court records. He returned to magistrate court for a preliminary hearing, entered a guilty plea to DUI, and was given a six-month jail sentence. He faces additional charges of shoplifting in Kentucky, Tincher said.