A drunk-driving hunter has been sentenced to a week behind bars for spotlighting while under the influence.
Kevin Ray Cutts, 35, was directed by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to serve seven days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence, pay $350 plus costs, perform 24 hours public service work, enter DUI class and lose his driver license for one year for DUI. He was also directed to lose his hunting license, pay $100 and lose his guns for violation of wildlife regulations.
Cutts was charged after it was reported someone was spotlighting in a field off Bethany Road. When sheriff’s deputy Eddie Colwell arrived he saw Cutts driving in a nursery field, traveling toward the exit gate of the property. Cowell stopped him and discovered he had two underage persons, ages 8 and 14, in his truck. He also noticed a strong odor of alcohol on the driver. Cutts admitted to drinking just two beers but could not complete the sobriety tests the deputy administered.
“He admitted he had been spotlighting rabbits,” said TWRA agent Jason Ramsey who arrived to investigate the illegal hunting. The agent also found neighbors in the area had heard two gunshots minutes before.
Officers found a 22-caliber rifle, 410 shotgun, 270 rifle, and a 17-caliber rifle.
Some of the firearms were loaded.