A traffic stop by a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy on Nov. 22 resulted in the arrest of a Pine Bluff man on allegations of fourth offense driving while intoxicated.
Billy Wayne Garrison, 61, was taken into custody after Deputy Kaylon McDaniel stopped the vehicle Garrison was driving at about 9 p.m. because the vehicle had no lights. The stop was made at Dollarway Road and Spears Street.
Sheriff’s Criminal Investigator Sgt. Terry Wingard reported that when Garrison stopped the vehicle, he got out and began talking in slurred speech. After McDaniel told him to get back in the vehicle, Garrison did and McDaniel reported a strong odor of an intoxicant coming from Garrison’s person.
Wingard reported that McDaniel asked Garrison if he had been drinking and Garrison reportedly said he had had approximately 3 to 4 beers. Garrison agreed to a portable breath test and the results showed a level of 0.113. Garrison refused any other field sobriety tests and when McDaniel ran Garrison through the National Crime Information Center/Arkansas Crime Information Center, he was advised that Garrison’s license was suspended for DWI and he had a prior conviction.
At the jail, Garrison refused a breath alcohol test.
A check of court records conducted by Wingard showed that Garrison has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to three charges of DWI in the past five years, including a conviction of July 1, 2019.
On Tuesday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Garrison after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with fourth offense DWI. The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Garrison.