A Jacksboro man’s failure to stay in his lane, ended with an arrest.


Last Thursday, Campbell County Deputy Tosha Tackett was going east of LaFollette on General Carl Stiner Hwy when she noticed the vehicle in front of her straddling the center line. Tackett stopped the vehicle, and as she approached the vehicle, she noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside. The driver, Wendell Daryl Buttram was alleged to have a strong smell of alcohol coming from him, as well. Inside the vehicle in the console was an open container of alcohol that had been turned upside down. There was a child in the passenger seat with an empty cardboard six pack holder in the floor board at the child’s feet.

When asked if he had consumed any alcohol, Buttram said he had a cooler of vodka around four hours earlier, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Department. When Buttram was asked to perform sobriety tests, he did so unsatisfactorily. Inside the vehicle, there were 17 empty containers of Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver and one Natural Light bottle. Buttram was allowed to call someone to come and pick up the child.

Buttram, 57, 453 Jane Way Lane, Jacksboro, is charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane and child restraint law.   He was released on a $25,000 bond.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/10/2019-6AM)