Picayune Police Assistant Chief Dustin Moeller provided information on an arrest made of a local man after a driver was reportedly driving recklessly.
According to Moeller, on September 21, 2019, at approximately 4:40 p.m., officers with the Picayune Police Department were dispatched to the area on Interstate 59 north near exit 6. Moeller stated that while officers were enroute, dispatch advised them that the suspect’s vehicle had left the roadway multiple times striking a guard rail. They were advised the vehicle had left exited Interstate 59 at exit 6 and was headed west on Highway 43 North.
Upon making contact with the vehicle, officers observed extensive damage to the driver’s side of the vehicle which appeared to be consistent with the vehicle striking a guard rail. Officers initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Wiley Ray Lee, II, age 43, of 196 Morgan Seal Road, Picayune, MS. After making contact with Lee, officers observed him to be under the influence due to slow speech and delayed response to questions according to Moeller.
Officers observed two children in the rear seat of the vehicle that were not properly fastened with safety belts. One of the children was complaining of headaches, so officers dispatched AAA Ambulance Service. When they arrived on the scene, Lee gave consent to allow the children to be transported to Highland Community Hospital for further evaluation according to Moeller.
After conducting a field sobriety test and a vehicle inventory, Moeller stated that the officers observed a clear plastic baggie that contained a brown rock substance believed to be heroin and drug paraphernalia which was recovered from the vehicle. Moeller said Lee was taken into custody for a felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, DUI first offense, and two counts of Endangering a Child While Under the Influence.
Lee was transported to the Criminal Justice Center and turned over to corrections officer, who upon conducting a search of Lee’s person, found an additional clear plastic baggie containing a brown rock substance from inside of one of Lee’s sock.
Moeller said Lee was subsequently charged, booked, and incarcerated with a felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, a felony charge of Introducing Contraband into a Correction’s Facility, Driving While License Suspended, Reckless Driving, and Child Restraint Violation.