Charges allege meth found on man driving in middle of highway


A call from the public on Thursday, Oct. 1, reporting a white Dodge van driving carelessly toward Batesville on Highway 14 near Pleasant Grove, led to deputies finding the vehicle and getting behind it.

Then, according to information from the Stone County Circuit Court, deputies made a traffic stop after observing the van crossing the centerline, and at one point, driving in the middle of the highway.

Driving the vehicle was Jeffery Wayne Sutterfield, 38. Deputies reported he did not have a driver’s license, and he appeared intoxicated.

When officers had Sutterfield empty his pockets, the court info says a clear baggie containing a white crystalline substance — that later tested positive as meth — was found.

Also, the information reports that inside the van was a one-liter bottle of whiskey, some of it in a red solo cup.

Sutterfield’s vehicle was towed, and he was given a ride to the Stone County Detention Center. There he was cited for possession of a controlled substance, namely meth; driving while intoxicated; and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Sutterfield was placed in jail under a $10,000 bond.

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