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Local man gets DUI on riding mower
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A local man must answer DUI charges after deputies reportedly found him operation a riding lawn mower while intoxicated on Riley Avenue on June 2.Robert Roy (Bobby) Atnip, Jr., 42, is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence.He was further issued citations for possession of drug paraphernalia and for having an unauthorized vehicle on the highway.According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, a deputy spotted Atnip driving a riding lawn mower erratically on Riley Avenue at 10:54 p.m. Saturday night.The deputy turned around and got behind Atnip and saw him run over a curb, then come back into the roadway and stop.A needle and two spoons were reportedly found on Atnip.He allegedly had a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and was unsteady on his feet.He submitted to, but performed poorly on, several field sobriety tasks.Atnip also submitted to a blood alcohol test.According to the sheriff, TCA 55-10-401 states that “It is unlawful for any person to drive or to be in control of any automobile or other motor driven vehicle on any of the public roads and highways of the state, or on any streets or alleys or while on the premises of any shopping center, trailer park, or any apartment house complex, or any other premises that is generally frequented by the public at large, while under the influence of any intoxicant.”Atnip’s bond is $3,000 and he will be in court June 28.Meanwhile, 22-year-old Tameika Danielle Gist of Algood was charged with domestic assault on June 2. Ray said that on a deputy responding to a domestic assault call at the Keystop on Highway 56 made contact with Gist and her boyfriend.Gist said they got into a verbal argument after the man arrived late to pick her up from work, and admitted to punching him in the face.He reportedly had a red mark below his left eye.Her bond is $2,500 and she will be in court on June 7.Michael Andrew Snyders, 26, was charged with violation of probation, evading arrest, and simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance on May 29.Ray said that a deputy on patrol spotted Snyders walking into Eastside Citgo.Having prior knowledge that Snyders had a violation of probation warrant against him, the deputy stopped, went inside the store, and placed Snyders under arrest.After putting Snyders in the patrol car, the officer went around to get in the vehicle.Snyders then allegedly opened the back door to the car, got out and fled on foot.The deputy reportedly caught up with Snyders about 100 yards away and handcuffed him.During the arrest, the officer said he saw Snyders trying to put a small brown medicine bottle into his front pocket.The deputy retrieved the bottle and found nine green round pills, believed to be Clonazepam, a Schedule IV drug.Snyder’s bonds total $6,000 and he will be in court June 7. He is being held without bond on the violation of probation and his court date on that offense is June 26.