Updated Quinton in Cherokee County jail after bond revoked from first wreck (scroll to bottom for update)
Ryan Quinton, who is charged for a fatal wreck that killed his bride in December, was arrested for driving under the influence after leaving Rocco’s Pub on Highway 515 around 1 a.m. Saturday morning.
Captain Frank Reynolds with the Pickens’ Sheriff’s office said Quinton pulled out in front of the sheriff’s HEAT unit, which caught the officer’s attention. Reynolds said, “Pulling out in front of an officer is kind of a telltale sign [of impaired driving].”
The officer followed Quinton, noting that he was having difficulty maintaining his lane and failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign before being pulled over on Refuge Road. The county’s two HEAT units are assigned primarily for traffic and stopping impaired drivers.
According to an incident report, when Deputy Travis Gibson asked him if he had been drinking, “Quinton stated, ‘I had a few earlier.’ I observed an open 30 pack of Bud Light Beer in the passenger floorboard, which I saw later was open and several were missing.”
Quinton failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Pickens jail where the state-administered chemical breath test showed him to have a blood alcohol level of .158, according to Reynolds. The legal limit is .08.
Quinton is charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane and failure to stop at stop sign.
Quinton already faced DUI and first-degree vehicular homicide charges among other traffic infractions for a December 29th single car crash on Highway 5, which claimed the life of Kali Shay Quinton as they were leaving the wedding reception.
Quinton was released from the Pickens jail on bond.
Quinton’s attorneys Scott T. Poole and Ross D. Grisham issued the following statement Tuesday: “In light of Mr. Quinton's recent arrest, he has decided to enter into a residential treatment program. This will be beneficial to his long-term well being regardless of the whether or not there is any validity to the new allegations.”
Updated Wednesday morning -- From Cherokee Sheriff Office-- Ryan Quinton, 28 years old of Jasper, was arrested last night on a bench warrant after his bond was revoked from his February arrest in Cherokee County for multiple traffic offenses including Vehicular Homicide. Quinton remains in custody at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center with no bond.