AREA -- Several arrests have been made recently charging area drivers with different traffic violations.
Trooper D.B. Pounds of Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Rickey M. Morris, 43, of Alton with a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Pounds said he observed Morris make a right turn on to High Street in Alton without signaling. He said he also noticed the license plate on the Chevy S-10 truck Morris was driving was expired.
Pounds said he smelled alcohol when he approached the vehicle.
Pounds said he asked Morris to exit his vehicle and noticed Morris stagger while walking to the patrol car.
Pounds said he asked Morris if he had been drinking and he replied he had had two drinks.
The trooper said he asked Morris to take a field sobriety test and asked him to count from 97 down to 78. Pounds said Morris did not complete the test as instructed. He said the second test was the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test. The officer said he detected six failing points. Morris was then given the standard breathalyzer test. He had a higher than legal limit of alcohol the test showed.
Pounds said he arrested Morris on a charge of driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
Trooper Clinton Howell ticketed Cory W. Cummings, 21, of Mammoth Spring on a charge of driving without a valid drivers license Oct. 25. The traffic stop was made on Oregon CR 220.
Trooper J.C. Howell ticketed Lottie Chappell, 49, of Fairdealing, Mo., on a charge of operating a motor vehicle, on Route 19 in Oregon County, in a careless and imprudent manner. The incident occurred Oct. 25.
Trooper D.A. Huffman issued a ticket to Alfred E. Robinson, 70, of Mammoth Spring, Oct. 25, on a charge of careless and imprudent driving on Highway 63.
Officer T.E. Young ticketed Faye D. Dawson, 71, of Mammoth Spring for operating a motor vehicle on Highway 63 in a careless and imprudent manner Oct. 25.