Five people spent at least part of their Fourth of July holiday in jail after allegedly driving while impaired.
The Fourth of July is the biggest beer-drinking holiday of the year, and Americans spend $1.5 billion each year to celebrate with beer and wine, according to personal finance website Wallethub.com. In 2018 so far, 135 people have lost their lives as a result of alcohol-related crashes in North Carolina, according to the Governor's Highway Safety Program.
In Cleveland County this year, there have been 17 fatal wrecks resulting in 19 deaths. Highway Patrol is investigating several that may have involved impaired driving, but are still waiting on toxicology reports to confirm.
In a 30-hour period, three agencies in the county helped with impaired driving arrest Wednesday into Thursday morning.
Markyce Lydell Glover, 20, of West Zion Church, Shelby, reportedly drove with alcohol in his system while underage. According to reports, Glover blew a 0.04.
Glover was pulled over by Shelby Police officers around 11 p.m. along South Post Road, when they reportedly noticed erratic driving.
Officer Dillion Wilson's report indicates Glover and his car smelled of alcohol and told officers he took a Clonazepam. When he was asked to get out of his car Glover allegedly stumbled out of the car.
He was charged with DWI and driving after consuming under 21.
Glover was taken to Cleveland County Jail on a $1,000 unsecure bond.
David Frankie Saravia, 28, of Charlotte, was reportedly found by Shelby Police driving down the middle of two lanes of West Dixon Boulevard near Polkville Road at 4:15 a.m. Thursday. When he was pulled over he told officers he had no idea where he was.
When Officer S.J. Powell pulled Saravia over he wasn't wearing a shirt and allegedly had an open bottle of Patron on the floorboard of the passenger side of the car. During the license check, they found out this was not the first DWI Saravia had. He was convicted in 2015 and had his license revoked.
Powell asked Saravia how much he had to drink multiple times and each time the number of drinks increased.
Saravia blew a 0.19 in the police breathalyzer. North Carolina considers a driver impaired with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or above.
He was booked into Cleveland County Jail under a $2,500 bond.
Johnny Oneil Smith, 52, of Watterson Road, Grover, allegedly began his Independence Day celebration early and was stopped after hopping a curb and driving on a sidewalk in his Dodge Durango just before 10 p.m. Tuesday.
According to Shelby Police Officer R.C. Taylor's report, he spotted Smith just after receiving a call from dispatch about an impaired driver headed his way on North Lafayette Street.
During the stop, Taylor noted a strong smell of alcohol coming from the Durango and Smith's eyes were red and glassy. When he asked Smith to step out of the SUV, assisting officer M.J. Aureliano noticed two open containers of alcohol on the floorboard.
Smith allegedly stumbled out of his vehicle and through the battery of sobriety test.
He was also unable to give a breathalyzer sample and his blood was drawn to test for alcohol levels, read reports.
Smith is charged with DWI, open container and reckless driving.
He made his $2,500 bond and was released from jail.
Jacob Nathaniel Harrison, 31, of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, was caught after a concerned driver called Shelby Police Department about a car she was following.
Just before midnight on Tuesday Officer Andrew Sumner went to check on the call. He pulled Harrison over. As Sumner went to talk with Harrison, Sumner allegedly saw him light a cigarette and try to smoke it filter first.
During the field sobriety test Harrison reportedly told officers he only had two beers.
Harrison's alcohol level was not logged in reports.
He is held in Cleveland County Jail on a $2,500 bond and the charge of DWI.
James Edward Reynolds, 34, of South Post Road, Shelby, was also stopped just before midnight Tuesday by N.C. Highway Patrol and Cleveland County Sheriff's Office on N.C. 180.
Trooper T.J. Gantt assisted two deputies after they pulled Reynolds of suspected impaired driving. As Gantt talked with Reynolds he reportedly noticed Reynolds had red, glassy eyes and the car smelled strongly of alcohol.
When Reynolds got out of the car he was unsteady on his feet, according to Gantt's report.
Renoylds blew a 0.14 on a breathalyzer test.
He is charged with DWI and was released after making his $2,500 bond.
Joyce Orlando can be reached at 704-669-3341 or find her on Twitter @Star_J_Orlando.