Simmons charged with two felonies

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Prosecuting Attorney of Saline County has charged Jason R. Simmons, 37, of Marshall, with two class D felonies; count I -- driving while intoxicated, and count II -- driving while license was revoked.

Circuit court documents documents filed Sept. 20, show Marshall K-9 Police officers observed a black vehicle traveling east on West Morrow Street exceeding the posted speed limit, and officers conducted a traffic stop.

The officer, upon contact with the vehilce and the driver identified as Simmons, noticed a strong smell of intoxicants and marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, the officer spotted an open alcohol container in the center cup holder, and noticed the driver's eyes appeared bloodshot and glassy.

The driver exited the vehicle, then voluntarily started emptying his pockets and telling officers "My driver's license are revoked and I'm probably gonna get arrested for DWI also."

The officer confirmed Simmons's identification and found his license had been revoked in 2007 for 10 years.

According to documents, the officer then conducted a field breathalyzer test that showed Simmons to be over the legal limit. The officer conducted a search of the vehicle and found marijuana in raw and smoked forms, as well as digital scales.

At the Marshall Police Department, Simmons provided a urine sample that was analyzed, testing positive for marijuana, alcohol and benzodiazephine.

If convicted, Simmons faces up to four years with the Department of Corrections, or up to one year in county jail, and/or up to $5,000 fine.

Editor's note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.