FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper was arrested early Monday morning in Paris for allegedly driving under the influence.
A Paris Police Department officer saw a running vehicle off the roadway about 5 a.m. during a routine patrol. The officer saw the driver, a white male later identified as 36-year-old Daryl Veliz, slumped over in the seat, according to a PPD news release.
The Jackson Sun and the Associated Press initially reported the arrest.
Open containers of alcohol were in plain view inside the truck, police said. Officers also recovered a loaded handgun from inside the vehicle.
Veliz performed poorly in a field sobriety test, according to the PPD. He was off-duty at the time of his arrest, according to the THP.
Veliz is charged with DUI first offense, violation of implied consent and possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.
Tennessee’s implied consent law states that anyone operating a vehicle in the state automatically consents to a breathalyzer test to determine blood alcohol content, if there is probable cause to suspect an individual was operating a vehicle while under the influence.
Failure to consent to a breath test is a Class A misdemeanor, as is possession of a firearm while intoxicated.
A first-time DUI charge is punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, license restrictions or revocation, fines and/or installation of an ignition lock device.
The THP placed Veliz on discretionary paid leave pending an internal investigation. On Monday, he posted a bond at the Henry County jail to be released from custody.
In an unrelated incident, two fugitives wanted on charges related to a shooting in Paris are now back in Henry County.
Rodney E. Wilson, 24, and Shelby N. Potts, 21, both of 1409 Chickasaw Road, Paris, were apprehended early Friday morning in Corinth, Miss.
At 9 a.m. Tuesday, Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy John Krezinski filed local charges against the couple at the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department in Corinth and brought them back to the Henry County jail.
Wilson was charged with attempted second-degree murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and three counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.
He was also charged with violation of his Henry County Circult Court probation.
Potts was charged with being an accessory after the fact.
Both suspects were wanted in connection with a shooting that took place Oct. 7 on Chickasaw Road in Paris.
According to the initial report on the incident at the Paris Police, Wilson is accused of firing multiple shots at a car containing a man with whom he had just gotten into an altercation.
He allegedly fired multiple shots at the car as it drove away, hitting it once on the right side behind the rear passenger door.
Two .22-caliber shell casings were found in front of the home.
Wilson was placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Most Wanted list Thursday afternoon. He and Potts were apprehended by Mississippi officers early Friday morning.
Wilson is being held without bond on the probation violation and will appear Nov. 4 in Circuit Court on that charge.
He is being held on a $150,000 bond on the remaining charges, while bond for Potts is set at $50,000. Both are scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.