Lindale man found to be driving drunk with drugs and open container after traffic stop for tag light
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on Friday, August 7th, 2020, at around 3:00 AM, Floyd County Police Officer C. Forrister was on patrol in the area of Teat Street in Lindale when he noticed a vehicle with a non-working tag light. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle while approaching the intersection. The driver was identified as John Bishop, 39 of Lindale. The officer noticed that there was a package of open Budweiser Beer in the floorboard of Bishop's vehicle. The officer asked Bishop if he had been drinking. Bishop stated that he had been drinking four beers over the course of three hours. Bishop blew into an Alcosensor and showed a positive result above .08. Officer Miles and Sgt. Holbrook arrived on the scene and assisted. The officer told Bishop that he had blown above the .08 on the roadside Alcosensor and then asked him again how many beers he had drunk. Bishop then said he had drunk six beers over the course of " awhile". Sgt. Holbrook then spoke with Bishop and began roadside evaluations with Bishop. Bishop advised it had been 10 minutes or so since the last drink. Bishop showed several clues during the field sobriety test. Bishop was arrested for operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Bishop asked if officers could let him go, and he was advised no, Bishop was read implied consent, and he did agree to a test of his breath. Sgt. Holbrook noticed an open beer bottle inside the box of the floorboard, and Officer Miles found a pill bottle that was not labeled for Bishop and was expired and was for a Bennie Corntassel for clonazepam. The pills inside this did appear to be suspected Methadone. Bishop was then transported to the Floyd County Police department, and the intox machine was used, and there was a result of 0.128. Bishop was charged with felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, DUI, open container violation, and drugs not in original container.