Two people were arrested after driving through a road block set up after storm damage in Stonewall Thursday.
Stonewall Police Chief Jason Teel said Carolyn Joy Pollard, 43, and Thomas Thompson, 49, both of Stonewall, were arrested after Pollard reportedly drove through a roadblock set up after a power pole fell across County Road 3640.
Firefighters at the scene called police after Pollard went around fire trucks and ran over downed power lines. Officer Kent Kerr was dispatched to the scene at 6:18 p.m.
Kerr said both Pollard and Thompson were unsteady on their feet and had slurred speech and glassed-over eyes. He reportedly found an open bottle of liquor and prescription drugs in bottles that did not belong to them.
Pollard was arrested on suspicion of driving under suspension, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, public intoxication and failure to yield to emergency personnel.
“The reason we arrested her for public intoxication and not a DUI is because we needed our officers to be in Stonewall helping with the aftermath of the storm,” Teel said. “A DUI requires transporting a suspect to the hospital and getting blood drawn. It’s a time consuming process and we needed our officers here.”
Teel said police booked Pollard in at the Pontotoc County Justice Center and returned to assist with storm damage.
Thompson reportedly had a bag of lortab pills in his pocket when searched and was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.