published Friday, September 6th, 2013

Deputies: Driver strikes 16 mailboxes, gets arrested for DUI, driving on suspended license

Sweet 16.

That's how many mailboxes a Soddy-Daisy man is charged with running over Wednesday evening, according to Hamilton County Sheriff's Office reports. He also struck a road sign.

A police affidavit states that Billy Ray Posey was arrested Thursday evening after police were called to where a camper-towing vehicle struck a mailbox, to find the damaged camper abandoned on the side of the road.

The camper reportedly belongs to Posey, who left it there after it tore up the mailboxes and two drains.

While police were on the scene, Posey returned.

He "had the smell of alcoholic beverage coming from his person," police documents state. Posey allegedly refused a field sobriety test because he could not do the one-leg-stand task.

He reportedly admitted to drinking one 24-ounce beer earlier in the evening.

Police ran his license to find it was suspended, with no prior DUI history. He was arrested.

Upon further investigation, police found Posey had struck 16 mailboxes and a road sign with his maroon Jeep Cherokee between Mount Tabor Road and Lilliard Road, where his devastated camper was abandoned.

Posey now faces charges of driving on a suspended license and DUI. He also faces the possibility of $6,350 in fines for the destroyed mailboxes.

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