Texas man arrested in Jellico for DUI

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By Natasha LaFayette



Patrolman Joseph Hopson was not looking for out of state tags when he observed a 1998 blue Mercedes last week.

“While on patrol I observed the defendant (Walter Lee Medford) weaving from line to line and crossing the dotted line,” said Hopson. “Then jerking it (the vehicle) back into the lane of travel.”

Hopson stopped the vehicle and when Medford, 43, Jarland, Texas, exited the vehicle he appeared to be unsteady on his feet, according to the arrest report.

“Upon approaching the vehicle I could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverage,” said Hopson.

According to Hopson, a sobriety test could not be performed due to possible injury to Medford. Medford was then escorted to the police cruiser for arrest, said Hopson.

“Upon further investigation, I found the defendant did not have a valid driver’s license,” said Hopson.

Later, after Medford was booked into the jail, officers learned the Mercedes being driven by Medford was allegedly reported stolen from Dallas County, Texas, according to the report.

An inventory of the vehicle revealed an open container of Budweiser beer, the report indicates.

Though Medford was arrested on May 2, he was transferred to the county jail on May 5 and charged with driving under the influence, open container law, theft of property $1,000 to $9,999, violation of safety equipment, drivers license law, giving false information to an officer, violation of parole and violation of implied consent law.

Medford is still being held with a bond of $2,500 and awaits transfer to Austin, Texas officials said.