Deputies dole out DUI’s amid dangerous, dropping temps

While most of us have been tucked away safely in our warm homes during the dangerously low temperatures experienced recently, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Deputies have been out in the weather, administering roadside field sobriety tests and issuing Driving Under the Influence charges in an effort to keep citizens safe.
On Tuesday evening, about 8:30, as temperatures struggled to top 20 degrees Mecklenburg County, Deputy Davis Cumbia was patrolling the La Crosse area when he initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that failed to dim its headlights.
After investigation, Cumbia administered a roadside field sobriety test amid the freezing temperatures and subsequently arrested the driver of the vehicle, Suzette Brown, 53, of La Crosse. She was charged with Driving Under the Influence, and transported to Meherrin River Regional Jail. She was later released to a family member on a $1,000 dollar unsecured bond.
On New Year’s Eve, just after midnight, as temperatures lingered around the freezing mark, Mecklenburg County Deputy Jamie Thomas observed a vehicle, which failed to turn on its headlights, driving along East Atlantic Street in South Hill. Thomas then observed the same vehicle run the red light at the intersection of West Atlantic Street and Hammer Street.
Thomas initiated a traffic stop. After investigation into the matter, Thomas administered a roadside field sobriety test and subsequently arrested the driver of the vehicle, Chasity Jones, 28, of South Hill. Jones was transported to Meherrin River Regional Jail.