The call of a “male screaming in the road” came in to 911 dispatch a little before 8 pm Tuesday night, according to dispatchers.
Jacksboro Police Sgt. Franklin Ayers writes in his report that while en route to the call, also referenced as a motor vehicle accident, dispatch told him a GMC SUV had gotten out of a ditch and was continuing on Queener Road. Prior to that Ayers was told that a man was out of the SUV kicking it and causing a scene.
As the sergeant traveled down Queener Road past the sewage plant, he saw the described SUV parked near the Rogers Group Quarry with a man waving him down from the driver’s seat. Ayers turned around and conducted a traffic stop. In the report, it was written that before Ayers could get out of his police cruiser, the man was out of his SUV and cursing Ayers.
Robert Bidlingmyer faces his third DUI charge
Ayers notes that the man, identified as 55-year old Robert Bidlingmyer of Jacksboro, appeared to be chewing on a bag of marijuana. After Bidlingmyer refused to spit out the suspected pot, Ayers attempted to restrain him in an effort to keep him from choking and to preserve evidence. Once in custody, Ayers details that Bidlingmyer offered him $81 if he would not take him to jail.
Once cuffed, the sergeant saw that Bidlingmyer’s pupils were dilated. He then removed the cuffs as Bidlingmyer agreed to perform a field sobriety test where Ayers stated that he exhibited six out of six clues.
Bidlingmyer faces multiple charges including his third DUI (driving under the influence), and he remains housed in the Campbell County Jail this morning. He is due in court on Thursday, April 25. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/12/2019-6AM-FILE PHOTO IS COURTESY OF THE CAMPBELL COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT)