Drunken man found passed out beside his vehicle, resists arrest

Staff Writer Kate Wehlann

Kennith Haynes, 37, Salem, was arrested on public intoxication, resisting and disorderly conduct charges after he passed out while trying to get his vehicle out of a driveway.

Officers found Haynes just before midnight on Wednesday, March 25, laying with feet at the edge of the roadway and his vehicle was half in and half out of a ditch by the driveway of a home on West Grandview Road. A witness said Haynes had been drinking and came to his home, where he continued drinking. When Haynes went to leave, the witness said he made it down the driveway and when he tried to turn around, he backed into the ditch, where his 2002 Chevy Tahoe died. The witness claimed he had been trying to help Haynes get it started. While doing so, Haynes passed out.

Officers found two empty bottles of alcohol in Haynes’s vehicle and while officers were processing the scene, Haynes woke up and became aggressive, yelling at Deputies Allen Taylor and Tory Hildreth, telling them they needed to leave and calling them “pigs.” He continued yelling and cursing as Hildreth put Haynes in handcuffs. Hildreth said Haynes smelled of alcohol and his speech was slurred and his balance was poor.

Haynes refused to stand up to be placed in a patrol car and continued to curse and yell. Deputies Brad Naugle and Hildreth got Haynes on his feet and into Hildreth’s vehicle, where Haynes continued to resist and had to be stunned with a taser to get him in a seatbelt. Hildreth said Haynes also placed his leg and foot in the door jam to keep them from shutting the door, despite having been tased.

The officers transported Haynes to the Washington County Detention Center, where Haynes refused to provide jail staff with a breath sample for a preliminary breath test, so he was taken to Ascension St. Vincent Hospital to be medically cleared. Haynes blew a .168 and was taken back to the Washington County Detention Center. While en route, Haynes vomited in Hildreth’s patrol vehicle.

Haynes was preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.


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