Indecent Exposure Violation also noted
Prescott AZ (May 28, 2020) – Over this past Memorial Day weekend, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deployed a DUI enforcement detail with 10 deputies prioritizing such enforcement. This resulted in 49 traffic stops and deputies noted 21 designated sober drivers and arrested 8 DUI drivers. There were 1 aggravated DUI, 4 misdemeanor DUI’s, 2 extreme DUI’s, and 1 drug related DUI. The average breath alcohol level was .155., almost twice the legal limit.
In one of the cases, a 46-year-old California driver was arrested during the evening hours of May 22, 2020, for DUI drugs. The driver had been seen committing numerous moving violations on Gurley Street in Prescott and when stopped, the deputy immediately detected the strong odor of marijuana from the passenger compartment. The deputy is certified as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and determined through a series of tests that the driver was in fact impaired. At one point, the driver declined further tests and had already noted, “I smoke a lot of weed.” Additionally, his California driver’s license was suspended, and he was in possession of about ½ ounce of marijuana.
Indecent exposure observed during moving violations, May 23, 2020 around 4:30 PM – One of the deputies on the special patrol saw a black 2015 F-150 travelling at high speed, approximately 85 mph, on Highway 89 in Peeples Valley. The speed limit on that portion of road is 65 mph, then changes to 55 mph and the truck never slowed. At one point, the deputy saw the truck pass another vehicle within a no passing zone and when parallel to the vehicle they were passing, the passenger ‘mooned’ the other driver by pulling his pants down and exposing his bottom. The deputy noted the driver in the vehicle they were passing appeared elderly.
The deputy eventually caught up to the truck for a traffic stop. The driver was cited for a moving violation and the passenger, a 25-year-old man, was cited for Indecent Exposure. The driver noted his friend ‘moon’s’ people all the time and can’t get him to stop. This action at those speeds is simply unsafe.
The Sheriff’s Office would again like to thank the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for the ongoing grant monies that support these special patrols keeping our innocent motorists safe.