(Smith County Insider Press) – On January 15, 2020, Sergeant Ridge Long conducted a traffic stop on Lebanon Highway after the vehicle failed to maintain its lane of travel by driving over both the white and yellow lines.
According to the police report, when making contact with the driver of the vehicle, Troy Mofield (53, Carthage), Sergeant Long detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. Additionally, Mofield’s speech was slurred, and there were open cans of Michelob beer between Mofield’s legs and in the cup holder of the vehicle. When asked, Mofield stated that he had consumed four or five beers at AJ’s Bar and Grill.
According to the police report, Mofield was unsteady on his feet when he exited the vehicle. During a search of his person, one Diazepam and ½ Hydrocodone pills were found in his pants pocket. During a search of the vehicle, ½ Diazepam, four Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride pills, and a half empty bottle of vodka were found. Mofield was unable to provide a valid prescription for the pills.
When speaking with Mofield, he admitted to drinking beer and liquor and smoking marijuana, but he refused a field sobriety test. During a check of his Ohio license, it was found to be suspended, and there was an active warrant for Mofield’s arrest for violation of probation due to a prior DUI conviction.
Mofield was placed under arrest and taken to Riverview Regional Medical Center for a blood draw and then to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office for booking. Mofield is charged with failure to appear, violation of probation, driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, and three counts of possession of controlled substances.