It was an active holiday weekend for employees of the Walker County Sheriff's Office. Deputies made 44 arrests, wrote numerous traffic citations for no insurance and driving on suspended/revoked …
It was an active holiday weekend for employees of the Walker County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies made 44 arrests, wrote numerous traffic citations for no insurance and driving on suspended/revoked driver’s licenses, seized drugs and removed drunk drivers from the roadway during a series of public safety checkpoints.
On Friday night, two individuals who were wanted by law enforcement fled from a checkpoint in Curry and were arrested after wrecking their vehicle on Coal Valley Road in Oakman. The pursuit stretched from Curry to Pineywoods, Cordova and Parrish before ending in Oakman.
Cody Dayle Smith, 30, of Pineywoods had outstanding warrants for his arrest for two counts of distribution of methamphetamine. Megan Olivia Graham, 28, of Oakman, had outstanding warrants for failure to appear on two counts of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both were taken to UAB hospital in Birmingham.
Graham will potentially face charges of trafficking methamphetamine after she was discovered to have trafficking weight of meth inside her body cavity at the hospital.
Graham was released from the hospital on Friday and transferred to Walker County Jail. Smith, who is facing additional charges for felony fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer with injury to a third party and reckless endangerment, was released Saturday and also transported to the jail.
"We heard a lot of support for our checkpoints from citizens thanking us for being in their communities and deterring the criminal element. The courts have ruled essentially that getting stopped at a police checkpoint is a minor inconvenience and there is no doubt to their effectiveness when you look at our success this weekend. Unless there is a high traffic volume, which can increase the wait time, the average time of contact with a deputy at our checkpoints was about 25 seconds. We follow guidance from District Attorney Bill Adair on properly conducting these checkpoints to ensure we meet Supreme Court guidelines," Sheriff Nick Smith said in a press release.
On Saturday night, WCSO responded to an incident in which two men shot each other during a domestic dispute at the Johnson residence at 3279 Coon Creek Rd in Empire.
Both survived. Charges are expected after Investigator Carl Carpenter completes an investigation and coordinates with the District Attorney’s Office to determine the appropriate criminal charges.