By Eugenia Jones
Sheriff Randy Waters reports an off-duty McCreary County Sheriff’s Deputy, Greg Chaney, was at McCreary County Middle School last Friday afternoon (May 6, 2022) to pick up his child when he observed fifty-eight year old Junior Jones accelerate his 2013 Jeep Wrangler, almost hitting another parent. After making contact and noting the male subject appeared to be intoxicated, Deputy Chaney called for another on-duty deputy to respond. Sheriff’s Deputy Alex Jones responded to the Middle School and reportedly smelled the odor of alcohol coming from the male subject as well as noting that Jones had glassy eyes and was unsteady on his feet. After observing several signs indicating Jones was intoxicated, Deputy Chaney conducted a field sobriety test and conducted a preliminary breath test (PBT.) According to the uniform citation report, the male subject blew 0.145 on the PBT. A mostly empty large Budweiser can was located inside Jones’ vehicle. Jones also had four white half pills which he identified as being his own scripted Gabapentin 800 MG.
Jones was charged with (1) Improper Start from Parked Position (2) Operating Motor Vehicle U/Influence Alcohol .08-1st (with aggravating circumstance of being at a school during school release hours) (3)Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle Prohibited (4) Wanton Endangerment-2nd Degree (5) Reckless Driving (6) Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container-1st Offense.
Subsequently, Jones was transported to McCreary County EMS where he was allowed time to contact an attorney. Jones agreed to a blood draw conducted by a McCreary County EMS medic. Jones was then transported and lodged at the Knox County Detention Center.
School officials were able to redirect traffic around the area where the incident took place.