Submitted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Sunday, May 25, at 2:45 a.m., a deputy of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office was on routine patrol southbound on State Road 53 South when he observed a vehicle approaching him northbound at a high rate of speed. The deputy activated his radar and confirmed the vehicle was traveling at 78 miles per hour in a posted 60 miles per hour zone. The deputy turned around on the vehicle as it passed and conducted a traffic stop for the unlawful speed violation.
As the deputy approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, later identified as Joshay Jermaine Fead of Madison, he detected a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage coming from the inside of the car and observed an open can of “Natural Ice” beer inside the drivers’ compartment.
Fead told the deputy that he did not have his driver’s license with him and the deputy requested Fead to exit the vehicle. As Fead exited the vehicle he used the car door to steady himself and had to lean against the deputy’s patrol vehicle to maintain his balance. The deputy asked Fead if he had previously been drinking this night and Fead replied “only two cups of liquor, not that much.”
The deputy requested that Fead participate in a series of Standard Field Sobriety Exercises to determine if Fead’s normal faculties were impaired. Fead agreed but was unable to successfully complete the Standardized Field Sobriety Exercises and was placed under arrest without incident.
Fead was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving while license suspended or revoked and unlawful speed.