Newport couple taken to jail after reports of SUV being erratically driven in Newark

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After a citizen reported a blue SUV erratically driven in Newark Thursday, Nov. 8, Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Timothy Cunningham found the blue Ford Expedition around 7:15 p.m., pulled into the Cedar Ridge Elementary School parking lot.

Cunningham said he observed a man lying on the ground on his back, and a female standing over him yelling. The deputy also said he immediately recognized the odor of intoxicants on both subjects.

The female identified herself as 38-year-old Stephanie Jungers and told Cunningham the man lying on the ground was her husband, 39-year-old Bryan Jungers, according to the police report. The couple lives in Newport.

Cunningham noted in the police report she was laughing one minute and crying the next, and her reported husband’s speech was slurred, not understandable — and he was too intoxicated to safely stand on his feet, according to the deputy. Two other officers arrived on the scene, Lt. Wayne Green and Deputy Adam McGilton, who helped Cunningham place the husband in his patrol car.

An inventory of the couple’s vehicle found two empty Quality House Gin bottles and one partially consumed bottle of gin. Their car was towed, and both Stephanie Jungers and Bryan Jungers were taken to jail and charged with public intoxication, a misdemeanor.

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