MPD start out month with arrests

MPD start out month with arrests
Martin Police Department officers made two arrests involving drug possession, vandalism and driving under the influence since the beginning of the month of August this past weekend. On Friday, Aug. 1, at approximately 11:44 p.m., Ptl. Mark Rushing came in contact with the defendant, John C. Elkins, in the parking lot of 3 J’s Food Mart on Elm Street. Elkins was pumping gas into a red Ford Ranger and Rushing had prior knowledge that Elkins had an active warrant out of Weakley County for failure to appear issued on Nov. 11, 2008. Upon a search of the defendant’s vehicle, Rushing discovered two small plastic bags in the ashtray that contained a hard white granular substance believed to be methamphetamine, weighing approximately 1.2 grams. Defendant David C. Connell was a passenger in the front seat of the vehicle. Because neither of the defendants admitted ownership of the drugs, both were taken into custody and transported to the MPD for booking procedures. Rushing used a field test kit and tested the substance that was found in the defendant’s vehicle. The test results returned positive for methamphetamine. On Sunday, Aug. 3, at approximately 11:54 p.m. the offender, Temistocle Guerrero, was traveling south on Harrison Road when he left the roadway, struck a utility pole guide wire and a ditch, crossed over a two-lane roadway (Tarver Road), struck a second ditch and came to a final rest in a wire fence. Lt. Arant of the WCSD estimated the difference from where the offender left the roadway to the final resting spot to be approximately 180 yards. While speaking to Guerrero, Arant detected an odor of an intoxicating substance on his breath. Arant advised Guerrero of the implied consent law and requested him to submit a blood test in which Guerrero agreed to submit. The Weakley County Ambulance Service transported Guerrero from the crash scene to the Air Evac Life team base. He was then flown by helicopter to Jackson Madison County Hospital for treatment due to sustaining facial trauma in the vehicle accident. Harpers Wrecker Service was dispatched to the scene to remove the vehicle at the request of Guerrero’s mother. No charges had been filed at the time of this report due to waiting to subpoena blood test results of Guerrero from the hospital.

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