COVINGTON, TENN – Over the weekend, the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office conducted several traffic enforcement operations in the area of Highway 59 west and Richardson Landing Road. Last year the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office investigated two fatality motor vehicle crashes in this area during the annual “Mudbog”. The “Mudbog” is a local event where ATV’S come together and travel the roadways in this area. Operations were held on Saturday during peak travel times. By placing additional patrol units on the roadways, it is the goal of TCSO to decrease the odds of speeding, impaired drivers, and the number of motor vehicle crashes.
During the operations, law enforcement officers issued 18 tickets and warnings. These citations were issued for violations including: Reckless Driving, Open Container, Public Intoxication, No Seatbelt, Vehicle Registration, Drug Violations, Equipment Violations, Driving on Suspended License, Impeding traffic and fugitive warrants.
3 arrests were made during the operations:
- Jason Perkins (47) 49 Tony St. Drummonds, Tn. – Public Intoxication
- Markedis Briars (20) 129 Tatlock Circle Covington, Tn. -Theft and Burglary warrants
- Dustin Smith (27) 1311 Appleberry Rd. Munford, Tn. 38058—-Failure to Appear warrant
“Mudbog Saturday is a time when people come together and mix drinking alcohol and riding ATV’s. It is a time when a large number of citizens in our county are traveling the roadways in the Richardson Landing community,” said Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley. “During these times we want to have these type of enforcement operations to provide additional deputies on the roadways of our county. When we have more deputies enforcing traffic violations it makes people think twice about speeding, drinking and driving, and remembering to wear their seat belt. Our main objective is to save lives and reduce traffic crashes. I am proud that this year we suffered no fatal crashes, largely due to these efforts,” added Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley.
These efforts are aided by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) with additional funding that allows TCSO to continue these operations so our roadways remain as safe as possible. Without the assistance from the THSO many of our operations would not be possible.
This article originally appeared as a press release from Tipton County Sheriff's Office.