He almost ran into a cruiser in the very early hours of Aug. 18, but then he was honest about why that almost happened.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Ferree said he was on Corntassel Road around 1:20 a.m. when he went around a curve and almost ran into a car that was coming the other direction in his lane.
Ferree avoided the collision and turned around at his first opportunity, finding the car at the intersection of Povo and Corntassell roads. He then turned on his lights and siren and the car pulled over.
The officer talked to the driver, identified as Daniel Matthew Herring, and could smell what appeared to be alcohol on his breath. He asked Herring to get out of the car, asking him what was going on. Herring said he had left a friend’s house and had been drinking most of the day.
Ferree said Herring failed several field sobriety tests and had bloodshot eyes. He placed him under arrest and began to search the car.
In the car, Ferree said he found a large, clear bag containing multiple smaller, clear bags with suspected marijuana in them. Also in the bag was a glass pipe with suspected marijuana residue in it and a metal grinder with suspected marijuana in it.
A search of Herring turned up $4,300 in cash, which Ferree suspected had been made from selling marijuana.
Herring, 33, Povo Road, Madisonville, was charged with possession of marijuana for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI and cited for failure to maintain lane.