Jeff Yarber charged with DUI
by DELANEY WALKER, Banner Staff Writer
Dec 09, 2012 | 3980 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jeff Yarber
Jeff Yarber
Cleveland Police Department booked Bradley County Commissioner Brian Jeff Yarber on suspicion of alleged drunk driving around midnight on Thursday, Dec. 7.

A unit had been requested to investigate allegations of a black Dodge Charger driving the wrong way on APD 40 and heading toward Interstate 75, according to reports.

Officer Tyler Pride said a vehicle matching the description had pulled onto Goldstar Drive.

“When I walked up to the vehicle on the driver side, there was a white male with a black hat asleep in the driver’s seat with his mouth wide open,” Pride said in his report.

Pride knocked on the driver side window.

“The male, who I believed to be in physical control of the vehicle, jumped as if he was startled and seemed to be extremely disoriented,” Pride said. “He opened the door and I could immediately smell the odor of alcohol coming from his vehicle.”

According to Pride, the man, who was identified as Yarber, said he “was on his phone and had just stopped here to rest. I asked him what he was doing here and he said that he was friends with the owner [of the property where he parked]. He said he was just talking on the phone and was on his way home.”

Pride administered several Standardized Field Sobriety tests. According to reports, Yarber was unable to complete the tests at full capability.

“Based on the multiple calls to dispatch about his driving, the performance on the SFSTs, and that it only took me two minutes to arrive on the scene after being dispatched to the call, I felt he was the person they were calling in on,” Pride said.

Yarber was placed in custody and read the implied consent form. He consented to a breath test. Yarber was transported to Bradley County Justice Center for the test.

“He tried three times to blow in the machine, but would not blow enough, so the machine terminated the test. I told him that counted as a refusal. He said that he would blow, but he wanted to speak with his lawyer first and have someone else in the room,” Pride said.

Yarber requested Pride’s supervisor and began making accusations of political motivation for the arrest.

“Mr. Yarber accused me of arresting him because he ‘had been a thorn in the side of the city.’ ...I told him nothing about this had to do with anything political,” Pride said.

Pride’s report said Yarber had a .12 blood alcohol content reading. The legal BAC level for driving under the influence in all states is .08 percent.

When asked if he had any comments, Yarber replied, “I've been cooperative and I will continue to be cooperative. I am positive this thing will be resolved and [there will be] a positive outcome. I work hard as a commissioner and work to represent my district.”

Yarber is the vice chair of the Bradley County Commission. He represents District 5.