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Reckless driver gets chiefs attention
Randy Caplinger w sm
A Smithville man who allegedly attracted the attention of the police chief by driving in a reckless manner now faces charges of drug possession.James Frederick Summers, 34 was arrested and charged with possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana) for resale, as well as a fourth DUI offense.Summers was also cited for unlawful possession of a weapon (brass knuckles), which was found on his person and for possession of drug paraphernalia.According to Police Chief Randy Caplinger, he was traveling north on Tramel Street when a Hyundai driven by Summers approached him heading south.The chief said the Hyundai almost hit him head-on.After stopping the vehicle in the parking lot of DeKalb Community Bank and detaining Summers, Caplinger said a passenger, 28-year-old Joshua Cripps, got out and fled the scene on foot.He was later taken into custody at a location in the county, and was charged with evading arrest.Officer Chip Avera and Corporal Travis Bryant assisted Caplinger at the scene.Officers reportedly found 40 grams of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana wrapped in paper along with some drug paraphernalia in the Hyundai.A check of Summers' driving record revealed his license to be revoked on three DUI charges, one in Warren County and two in DeKalb.Police siezed Summers vehicle and he was taken into custody.His bond is $16,000, and he will be in court on Oct. 11.Meanwhile, William Andrew Cantrell, 43, was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia on Sept. 20.Police said Cantrell was a passenger in a vehicle that the SPD's K-9 alerted on.Officers allegedly found paraphernalia used with illegal drugs on his person.He will appear in General Sessions Court on Oct. 11.Charles Jason West, 27, was cited for simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia on Sept. 17. Upon suspicion of drug activity, permission was granted for a search and illegal drug & paraphernalia was reportedly found.He will appear in General Sessions Court on Nov. 8.Anyone having any information on any criminal activity contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.All information is confidential.