Repeat DUI offender: “I might be high on weed, but I’m not drunk”
A motorist with a history of drunk driving arrests has been charged yet again with driving under the influence after he was pulled over for texting while driving, according to city Patrolman Andrew Stevens.
Jeremy Wright, 41, of 2233 W. Fourth St. was believed to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs when the officer stopped the 1996 Dodge Caravan he was driving in the area of the 2000 block of Glynn Avenue about 5:15 p.m. on Jan. 25.
“I immediately smelled both alcohol and cannabis (marijuana)” in the vehicle, Stevens said in an affidavit.
Wright was stopped after Stevens saw him “slouched over and typing with both thumbs on a cellphone” as the driver failed to move forward at a steady green traffic light, the officer wrote in an affidavit.
The officer said Wright’s “speech was thick and slurred, and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy” as he talked. The driver admitted he had been texting his girlfriend.
Wright, who admitted to drinking three beers, told Stevens “I might be high on weed, but I’m not drunk.” Two bags of marijuana were found in the van, court records state.
Wright, who already has four DUI arrest, was taken to the county’s DUI center, but he refused to provide a blood sample, Stevens said.
Following his arraignment on felony DUI, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and texting while driver, Wright was released on $10,000 bail.