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#1 Feb 18, 2008
It took a Rhea County jury less than an hour Monday to convict former Rhea County constable and sheriff's candidate Roy Denton of DUI by allowance and public intoxication.
Denton, 40, and Jean Mayrand, 57, also of Graysville, were arrested when Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Phillip Dunn stopped their car on Rhea County Highway near Davis Floor Coverings.
Denton, who served as Rhea County constable from 1994 to 1998 and was a Republican candidate for sheriff in 1998, served as his own attorney during the daylong trial.
Prior to the start of the trial Monday, Denton argued four motions to suppress evidence, including testimony about Mayrand's conviction. He also attempted to exclude an audio recording of a conversation between Denton and Mayrand which took place in the back seat of Dunn's cruiser, but the judge eventually ruled the tape could come into evidence.
Gene Lewis, an emergency medical technician from Rhea Ambulance Service testified that he and his partner were southbound on Rhea County Highway on the night in question and observed a dark-colored Crown Victoria in front of them weaving, crossing the center line into oncoming traffic and off onto the grassy shoulder of the road. He said they radioed Rhea County Central Dispatch when the car nearly sideswiped a guardrail near Watson's Junkyard in Evensville. He said they followed the car until Dunn pulled it over in front of Davis Floor Coverings.
Dunn arrested Denton for public intoxication because he was admittedly intoxicated, and Dunn said he could not leave him alone at the scene for his own safety. Denton was also charged with DUI by allowance when Dunn received proof that Denton owned the car.
Dayton Police Patrolman Jeff Hill, who backed up Dunn with three county officers, testified Monday that in his opinion both Mayrand and Denton were intoxicated.
Rhea County deputies Matt Rose and Valerie Bell, who were on duty at the jail at the time of the arrest, both testified that Denton and Mayrand were intoxicated.
When Denton's turn came, most of his witnesses didn't show up or he elected not to call them. He said he subpoenaed FBI Special Agent Jeff Blanton and Gene Cochran, Rhea Ambulance director, neither of whom was at the courthouse. Rhea County Detective Chris Hall was home sick in bed, and Denton chose not to call Detective B.J. Johnson.
In the end, Mayrand was Denton's only witness, after he announced he would not take the stand himself.
Mayrand said Denton was drunk when they headed for home and that he got into the car on the passenger side and promptly went to sleep. She testified she didn't tell him she had any alcohol to drink and he couldn't have known if she was intoxicated.
"You wouldn't have known if Martin Luther King was there drinking," Mayrand told Denton.
After about an hour's deliberation, the jury found Denton guilty of DUI by allowance and public intoxication and levied $1,050 in fines against him.
#8 Mar 26, 2009
Hey whats wrong with having a few drinks?
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