TIPP CITY – On Thursday night, officers from the Miami County Sheriff’s Department found themselves with a case of deja vu.
According to court documents obtained by the Miami County Bugle Caller, Haze Bellamy of Kettering was charged twice last night for driving under the influence. The officer’s first report states that Bellamy was spotted swerving in and out of the road on St Rt 571 outside Tipp City.
Reporters with MCBC spotted the suspect at Schafty’s taking part in their two for one tequila IV special for Cinco de Mayo shortly before the arrest.
When initially stopped by the responding officers, Bellamy claimed they “just dropped a whole bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos” and had just gotten their car detailed earlier in the day. When officers started a roadside sobriety test, Bellamy struggled to maintain focus and was ultimately arrested for DUI.
At approximately 11:45 PM, Bellamy was released on bond from the Miami County Jail.
MCBC reporters were on the scene when Bellamy returned to Schafty’s at 12:10 AM. When the suspect opened the door, the crowd erupted as Bellamy slurred in a thunderous voice, “I’m never going to die! Shove another bottle up my ass!” Bellamy then ordered a DUI IPA from the bar.
Around 2:30 AM, officers from the Tipp City Police Department found Bellamy driving his Dodge Neon at 80 MPH down Kyle Park Drive. When officers turned on their lights and signaled for Bellamy to pull over, Bellamy then slowed to 5 MPH and continued to maintain this speed for six miles until arriving at Jim’s Donuts in Vandallia.
As the suspect didn’t pose a threat and looked a lot like them, the officers used their discretion and decided to sit down with Bellamy over some fried dough and coffee to discuss their drinking problem.
After a long, heartfelt talk, the officers then decided to let Bellamy walk away without initiating an arrest. Unfortunately for the Tipp officers, due to delays in police incident reporting systems, they had no idea Bellamy had already been taken in earlier that night for the same crime.
Due to the severe risk this put to the community, the officers have been put on paid administrative leave for two weeks. According to TCPD chief Jerrid Tanks, the officers will be kept on desk duty upon their return until “they understand they need to treat every person they come across with the same level of contempt and disrespect, regardless of the color of their skin.
The names of the officers involved have been kept anonymous, but our staff is working hard to dox these servants of the community. In the meantime, stay subscribed to our weekly newsletter for more updates on all the best local drink deals and craft brews.