TWRA Officer Joshua Landrum was attempting to make his bother proud Saturday when his eagle eyes alerted to a jet ski that had “stencil outline” letters for the boat ID, instead of the reportedly TCA required “block letters in contrasting colors,” also noting there was not the proper spacing between the letters. As his adrenaline pumped at the possibility of violations and fines he could issue before the season ends, the wildlife enforcement officer had his biggest moment of the day and initiated a stop on the vessel, which was operated by 52-year-old Christopher Ferrara. He asked Ferrara how long he had been out and how much he had to drink, to which Ferrera replied “man, we have been out here all day having fun,” — a concept possibly not fully understood or appreciated by Landrum. Ferrara completed field sobriety tests, which he reportedly performed poorly on. He refused blood or breath testing and was jailed for BUI, implied consent, and those pesky boat identification numbers.
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BUI: Tyler Ruby admits to drinking beer & smoking weed prior to operating boat on Percy Priest Lake
TWRA Officer Joshua Landrum was patrolling Percy Priest Lake Sunday when he noticed a pontoon boat in the ‘no wake’ zone without any registration numbers properly displayed. As he encountered and spoke to the boat operator, 31-year-old Tyler Ruby, he noticed he reeked of alcohol and had slurred speech and glassy eyes. Ruby admitted to drinking “2 or 3 beers” and smoking marijuana prior to operating the boat. After performing poorly on field sobriety tests, Ruby was transported to booking on multiple charges.
BUI: Man says he last smoked weed back when the ‘sun was still up’… it was currently 6PM & sunny
At 6 p.m. Saturday on Percy Priest Lake, TWRA Officer Joshua Landrum asked 24-year-old Jet Skier Orrie Reed Whitton when he last smoked marijuana. Landrum replied: “when the sun was still up”. The agent reminded him the sun had been up for the last 12 hours, and wouldn’t set for another 2. Landrum was jailed on 5 charges this weekend, and he reportedly told the officer he “doesn’t care what happens to him”.