Winchester Police Chief David Benjamin and Officer Dave Frisby performed a routine traffic stop that became a drug arrest on Tuesday, May 27.
Austin Chambers, 21, of West Union made an improper turn from northbound state Route 136 onto west-bound state Route 32. Drivers are supposed to turn onto the nearest lane on double lane highways then merge over onto the main lane or ‘slow lane.’ In this case, Chambers was expected to turn onto the passing lane of west-bound state Route 32, but instead turned onto the main lane or ‘slow lane’ directly.
Once pulled over, Chief Benjamin performed a field sobriety test and determined that Chambers was intoxicated on opiates. Vendela Shepherd, 19, of West Union and the owner of the vehicle, who was not identified, were passengers and also found to be intoxicated.
Search of the vehicle and occupants found $200 in cash and drug paraphernalia in Shepherd’s possession.
Chambers was charged with Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated (O.V.I.) and Shepherd was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. The unidentified vehicle owner was released.
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