It was a hectic weekend for law enforcement, but jail personnel at the Clay County Justice Center were kept especially busy early Sunday morning as several new inmates arrived for booking within minutes of each other.
The first inmates to arrive were three Brazil residents from a traffic stop.
Around 2 a.m., Brazil City Police Patrolman Jeremy Mace and Reserve Patrolman Eric Vanatti saw a driver of a truck, and four other occupants, traveling down the road without headlights on.
A traffic stop was initiated near the intersection of Short Street and Forest Avenue, and, according to information provided to The Brazil Times by Mace, the officers were allegedly able to smell the distinct odor of marijuana and alcohol coming from the vehicle.
Mace said the two female juveniles inside the vehicle with the driver and the two males sitting in the truck bed were "very cooperative."
Officers discovered a small bag of marijuana, half of a previously used marijuana cigarette, four bottles of alcohol and a small bag containing approximately 15 various pills -- some of which were controlled substances -- during a search of the vehicle.
The group, all of whom were from Brazil, was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Clay County Justice Center.
Although riding in the back of a pickup truck is considered an infraction of the seat belt law, Mace said no citation was issued due to the arrest of the suspects.
Further details about the juveniles were not released.
James Ray, 21, Zach J. Davis, 19 and Edward Lee, 21, were arrested for preliminary charges of public intoxication. Ray and Lee were also charged with possession of marijuana under 30 grams, while Lee had an additional charge of possession of controlled substance.
While jail personnel were working on the lengthy booking process for Ray, Davis and Lee, Patrolman Vanatti returned with two more arrests.
Around 6 a.m., Vanatti and Mace saw Donald Beaucamp and Harry F. Weishaupt, both 19, were walking down Alabama Street in an apparent state of intoxication.
Upon questioning the two men, the officers discovered an arrest warrant for a probation violation had been previously issued on Weishaupt.
The two men were booked on preliminary charges of possession of marijuana under 30 grams and minor consuming. Weishaupt was booked on additional charges stemming from the warrant, including a probation violation and failure to appear.
Jail officials said the inmates' court appearances for formal charging would be scheduled according to the court calendar at the Clay County Courthouse on Monday.
Clarification July 29
James Ray had the additional charge of possession of a controlled substance, not Edward Lee as inadvertently listed in the story.