UC man charged
Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 4:00 pm
The Messenger, December 31, 2012
Alcohol- and drug-related charges were filed against a Union City man after police initially responded to a possible domestic disturbance early Saturday.
Michael Shaw Speed, 38, of 2319 Pleasant Valley Ave., Union City, was arrested at 1:21 a.m. Saturday and charged with driving under the influence, violation of implied consent, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence, according to a Union City Police Department report.
Police had responded shortly before 1 a.m. to a possible domestic disturbance at Speed’s residence. While officers were there, Speed drove into the driveway in his truck, and the reporting officer said he could smell a strong odor of alcohol and alleged Speed was slightly unsteady on his feet.
Officers had already been told by Speed’s wife that he was allegedly intoxicated and they asked him how much he had consumed and asked him to perform some field sobriety tests. He allegedly refused to do the tests, at which time police took him into custody for DUI, and he also allegedly refused to submit to a chemical test to determine the alcohol content of his blood, according to the report.
The drug-related charges were added at the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex. Police reported a corrections officer at the jail found 11⁄2 pills inside a small bottle wrapped in plastic in Speed’s property. The pills were identified as 20 mg amphetamine tablets. Another corrections officer also allegedly found in Speed’s wallet a piece of foil that contained burned residue.
According to the report, the arresting officer had placed the pills on a counter. When he turned to speak with a corrections officer, Speed allegedly took the pills off the counter, placed them in his mouth and swallowed them. The incident was captured on the jail’s video surveillance.