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DUI suspect charged with child endangerment

October 1st, 2013 11:34 am by Wes Bunch

DUI suspect charged with child endangerment

GATE CITY — A Scott County man faces numerous charges after he was pulled over Monday night by Gate City police for allegedly driving drunk while his child was a passenger in his vehicle.

Johnny Ramey, 44, 275 Pavaletta Ave., Gate City, was arrested by the GCPD on charges of felony child endangerment, driving under the influence with a child, possession of Schedule IV drugs and drinking while driving.

Gate City Police Chief Kim Birchfield said Ramey's child endangerment charge stemmed from the fact his 11-year-old son was riding with him at the time.

Birchfield said Ramey was stopped at approximately 8 p.m. Monday after an officer observed his truck swerve several times in and out of the lane it was traveling in.

After Ramey was pulled over, the officer reportedly noticed that he smelled of alcohol and that his eyes were bloodshot asked him to perform field sobriety tests as a result.  

Ramey allegedly told the Gate City officer he had taken "two Lortabs and two Kolonopin he had prescriptions for" and that he had drank several beers.

Ramey was placed under arrest after doing poorly on the field sobriety tests, Birchfield said.

After Ramey was taken into custody, officers reportedly found anxiety pills in his pockets that he did not have a prescription for. An open beer container that Birchfield described as still cold was also allegedly found inside his truck.

Ramey was transported to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield, where he was booked on a $2,000 bond.

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