LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A fender bender between a Dodge Nitro and a commercial vehicle ended in a drug arrest courtesy of Kentucky State Police’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers.
According to an arrest report filed by Tpr. Rob Mitchell, an accident involving a black 2007 Dodge Nitro and a commercial vehicle took place Tuesday on I-75 at approximately 8:23 p.m.
As a vehicle was pulling into the northbound scales at the 33-mile marker on the interstate in Laurel County, when Buffy A. Dinsmore, 42 of Keavy allegedly struck its left rear bumper. The accused violation occurred approximately 5 miles south of London.
Mitchell writes in his arrest report, “Upon contact with the driver, I noticed constricted pupils that had no reaction to light, slowed speech and drooping eyelids, all of which are signs of narcotic analgesic use.”
The trooper’s report goes on to mention how Dinsmore failed various roadside sobriety tests, using such descriptions as “starting before told to do so,” “used arms for balance,” “swayed while balancing,” before the test was abruptly “ended for safety.”
Mitchell also mentions how Dinsmore was allegedly wearing elevated shoes and given the option to remove them.
Mitchell eventually arrested and charged Dinsmore with failure to produce insurance card; possession of marijuana; operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, etc., .08 aggravated circumstances, second offense; and failure of owner to maintain required insurance or securities, first offense.
Officers at the weigh station on I-75 are used to primarily working with tractor-trailer drivers, enforcing proper weights, vehicle inspections and speed. It’s only occasionally that officers deal with other law violations, but have the same authority as any other peace officer.
“What we do here is weigh and inspect commercial vehicles,” said Tpr. Steven Douglas, public affairs officer for Commercial Vehicle Enforcement in the Laurel County region. “We check drivers for compliance issues, permits and routing issues. We can check trucks randomly, semi-randomly or we can say ‘It’s red truck day,’ and check every red truck we see.”