UC Sheriff Kent Harris and Deputy Frank Rogers have charged a South Carolina man for transporting 29 cases of "moonshine" into Unicoi County. Shown on wemb.com in the back of the pickup truck stopped at mile-marker 55, Sheriff Harris displays the `shine which he says was flavored with peach, grape, strawberry and blackberry.
The Sheriff and Deputies were patroling on I-26 in the Governor`s Highway Initiative Funding program, 100 Days of Summer Heat, when they observed a vehicle crossing the center-line of the highway with no signal. It appeared as if the driver might be impaired in some way....weaving in and out of traffic with no signals. After stopping, the driver got out of the vehicle and walked back to the cruiser. Sheriff Harris says that behavior often means the driver has something in the vehicle that they don`t want officers to see.
The driver, Arvin Guffey, age 65, of South Carolina is charged with transportation of un-taxed alcohol in Unicoi County, receiving and possession of un-taxed alcohol, and traffic violations. It is a misdemeaner offense under state law. Guffey passed a field sobriety test, and was cited into Unicoi County court on October 23, 2008. He reportedly had no previous criminal record. The pickup truck he was driving was impounded.
Sheriff Harris says it`s "the largest amount I`ve ever found in a single arrest in our county in the eighteen years that I`ve been working in law enforcement."