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Jacksboro Police make DUI and drug arrest

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By Charlotte Underwood

Sonny L. McHenry, 31, of LaFollette, was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI) and driving on a revoked license on Aug. 7.

Jacksboro Police Officer Jeremy Goins was dispatched to Highway 25 W near Eagle Mart in reference to an alleged intoxicated driver, according to a Jacksboro Police report. Upon seeing the gold Ford Taurus, Goins noted the driver of the vehicle was indeed operating in an unsafe manner, the police report said. Goins initiated his blue lights in order to stop McHenry, who pulled into the McDonald’s parking lot, nearly striking a pedestrian, according to the report. Upon speaking with McHenry, Goins noted his speech was slurred and he appeared to be drowsy. McHenry failed to perform various sobriety tests given to him by Goins, according to the police report. Goins learned that McHenry’s license had been revoked due to a previous DUI in 2008; he then placed him under arrest.

After placing McHenry into custody, Goins discovered that he had an Advil bottle with one and one quarter of a white pill believed to be Xanax, the police report said.

McHenry stated to Goins he had taken Methadone prior to driving and that he had been to the Methadone clinic earlier that day. Before being taken to jail, McHenry was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center of LaFollette for a blood alcohol test to be done. McHenry was charged with Driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license and possession of schedule IV controlled substance. He has a court date set for Aug. 21.