“Do you have any weapons on you?” Shelbyville police officer Dylan Bliss asked a DUI suspect Saturday night.
Angel Ramirez, 27, allegedly responded by pulling a bag of marijuana and a partially-smoked marijuana cigar from his clothing.
His subsequent arrest was one of several DUI cases over the weekend involving unusual circumstances.
Ramirez had been followed from West Lane Street to his Rock Street home by a concerned citizen who noticed allegedly erratic driving and notified police. Three open cans of beer and several unopened cans were found in Ramirez’s vehicle. He told police he’d consumed six beers.
He was charged with DUI, simple possession of a schedule VI drug, open container and driving without a license and posted $4,000 bond.
•A DUI suspect who admitted consuming eight 32-ounce beers told a Vanderbilt Bedford Hospital nurse he didn’t know driving while intoxicated is illegal, police said.
Diego Sebastian Mateo, 27, was followed to an Eagle Boulevard convenience store from Railroad Avenue by a concerned citizen who noticed erratic driving Friday. He told the nurse his family had asked him to go buy more beer despite being drunk.
Sebastian was charged with DUI and driving without a license and held on $3,500 bond.
•Several police officers’ separate orders to Luis Puetos Lara not to drive away from a bar while intoxicated failed to stop him early Sunday.
Puetos, 33, of Murfreesboro was arrested for DUI after attempting to leave Bar 69, Madison Street, shortly before 3 a.m. Officers had responded to a fight call.
Lara was also charged with driving on a suspended license. He posted $2,500 bond.
•A DUI suspect eventually identified as Anibal Godinez Perez, 40, of Rolling Road allegedly tried to claim he was someone else after his arrest Sunday morning.
Officer James Sharp followed Godinez to his home after observing erratic driving initially reported by another motorist. Godinez allegedly ignored blue lights and siren and claimed he was home and everything was okay, while alternately claiming he did and didn’t understand English.
Godinez falsely claimed his name was “Carlos,” police said.
He was charged with DUI, lack of insurance or a driver’s license, criminal impersonation, running a stop sign and violation of probation. and held on $11,000 bon