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Traffic stop leads to arrest

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A Brazil man was recently arrested and appeared in court for charges stemming from a second traffic stop.

According to court documents, Brazil City Police Patrolman Jeremy Mace initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Shawn M. Holmes, 31, Brazil, in an area near Depot and Chestnut streets around midnight Monday.

Mace reported witnessing Holmes allegedly speeding and turning without using a turn signal before making the stop.

Experiencing slurred speech and allegedly admitting to being intoxicated to the officer, Holmes refused to take a field sobriety test but insisted on blood and urine testing, which later determined he failed with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .14.

Facing a $7,000 cash bond (no 10 percent allowed), Holmes is currently incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center on a class D felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and two class A misdemeanors, one for possession of paraphernalia and operating a vehicle while intoxicated/endangering a person.

Appearing before Clay Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers Tuesday, a jury trial was scheduled for Holmes on June 22.

If convicted of a class D felony, the highest charge filed against Holmes at this time, the advisory sentence issued by the state for a guilty conviction/plea agreement ranges from six months-3 years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000.

If convicted of a class A misdemeanor, the potential punishment is incarceration with up to one year in prison and potential fines up to $5,000 per conviction.

Holmes also has a second case in Akers court stemming from a separate traffic stop initiated by members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department in November.

Because officers reported witnessing Holmes allegedly speeding (80 mph in a 55mph zone), driving with his headlights off and left of center, Holmes was pulled over in an area near CR 1200 N and CR 300 W, where he refused chemical testing but took a field sobriety test, which he failed.

Holmes was formally charged with class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated, class B reckless driving and two class C infractions, one for driving left of center and the other for speeding. The matter is set for jury trial on June 10.

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i really dont think you should be calling them losers. obviously it takes one to know one. and there is worse stuff in clay county than drinkin and driving. there is DRUGS. im in some trouble right now. doesnt mean im a loser!

thibk before you talk

-- Posted by nhs_babe_2011 on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 10:06 AM

I don't like the use of the term "losers" either because I believe that everyone deserves a second chance, and sometimes a third if they are really trying and just can't quite break away from their demons.

However, I also understand the frustration that so many feel about what is happening to our community. Brazil is not a select den of iniquity; drugs and all the problems they cause are creating havoc in communities all across the US, and the world.

As for stuff worse than drinking and driving, you're right nhs_babe_2011. It's right here in this story. In November this man was arrested for "plain old drinking and driving," yet here we are a few months later another arrest, and now there are methamphetamine charges added to the mix.

Only an opinion mind you, but, for me, this confirms my belief that addicts start small (alcohol, marijuana) and work their way up the terrible chain of addiction (meth and worse) before they become completely lost.

It's a shame, because these problems potentially face anyone of any social status, not just the so called losers.

-- Posted by Cy on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 11:18 AM

Maybe you two should bond this guy out and take him home with you. He just needs some motherly love. Oh and babe, you should have paid a little more attention in spelling class.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 1:20 PM

Drinking and/or drugging then getting behind the wheel of a vehicle is just stupid. You may get to where you are going just fine, but somewhere down the line it will catch you. What if the "loser" turns out to be an innocent child that was injured or killed because you drove intoxicated? THINK BEFORE YOU TALK!

-- Posted by th1953 on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 3:14 PM

If you drink and drive, you're a loser

-- Posted by yubantode on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 9:04 PM

Way to go Jeremy Mace thanks for getting him off the streets of Brazil. My dad little was killed by a drunk driver when is was 6 months old. Please think before you get behind the wheel of your car drunk.

-- Posted by AmayaTsuki on Sat, Apr 11, 2009, at 9:49 AM

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