HAZARD — A young man from the Jackson community of Breathitt County is facing a public intoxication charge, along with a second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor charge, after Hazard Police Department say he had blood shot eyes, slurred speech and a strong marijuana odor coming from him.
According to an uniformed citation, HDP say Jessie Daniel Fugate, 18, of Jackson was a passenger of a vehicle that was being driven by a juvenile. The juvenile was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence.
HPD Officer Ronnie Burke observed Fugate having blood shot eyes, slurred speech and strong marijuana odor coming from Fugate, the citation says.
Fugate was read his Miranda Rights and the citation says that Fugate told officers he understood his right to remain silent.
The citation says Fugate told HPD officers that he and the juvenile were smoking what Fugate thought was legal marijuana. According to the citation, he also told HPD officers he took one hit, but it was stronger than normal marijuana and Fugate handed it back to the juvenile driver.
Fugate was arrested on one count of public intoxication of a controlled substance and one count of second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor. He was transported to Kentucky River Regional Jail where he was lodged in.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-629-3245 or on Twitter @TJHazardHerald.