SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - A San Augustine Police officer arrested three East Texas residents for possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone after they were allegedly found to be highly intoxicated in a car parked in front of the town's intermediate school late Monday night.
All three suspects - Marcus Cartwright, 30, of Center, Schondra Fields, 29, of Nacogdoches, and Wallace Smith, 29, of San Augustine, - are still being held in the San Augustine County Jail. Cartwright, Fields, Smith were all charged with possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, which is a first-degree felony. Smith was also charged with possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor, and another possession of a controlled substance charge in a drug-free zone that is in a higher penalty group, making it a state-jail felony.
No bail has been set for any of the three suspects at this time.
Chief Jesse Fountain of the San Augustine Police Department said one of his officers located a car parked across Holman Street from the town's intermediate school at 10:46 p.m. When the officer made contact with the people in the car, he allegedly smelled a "strong odor" of alcohol and marijuana.
Cartwright, the driver of the car, had bloodshot eyes, and he could barely speak, according to the police report. Fountain said while the officer was talking to Cartwright, he allegedly saw Fields, the front passenger, open her door, throw something out of the car, and close the door.
Fountain said the officer recognized the suspects' behavior as being related to PCP use, and called for an ambulance to come check the two men and a woman out to make sure they were healthy enough to be transported to the jail. When Cartwright got out of the car, he could barely stand, according to the police report. The officer cuffed Cartwright and sat him on the front bumper of his patrol car.
When the officer told Fields to get out of the car, she almost fell down, and the officer had to hold her up. Not long after he got the woman out of the car, the officer found a small, clear bottle of what appeared to be PCP lying on the ground near the passenger side of the car.
Smith, the person in the backseat of the car, was also found to be highly intoxicated. The police report said Cartwright and Fields were transported to a local hospital to be checked out, and Smith was transported directly to the jail. When Smith was searched at the San Augustine County Jail, officers allegedly found 4.7 grams of marijuana and 14 Hydrocodone pills hidden in the man's boot.
After Cartwright and Fields were checked out at the hospital, they were also taken to the jail and placed in a de-tox cell until they could get sober enough to go through the book-in process, Fountain said.