VANESSA LYNN PAGE A/K/A VANESSA L. PAGE A/K/A VANESSA PAGE APPELLANT
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE
OF JUDGMENT: 09/13/2016
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT, HON.
CHRISTOPHER LOUIS SCHMIDT JUDGE.
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER BY:
JUSTIN TAYLOR COOK.
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
ALICIA MARIE AINSWORTH.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY: JOEL SMITH.
GRIFFIS, P.J., BARNES AND FAIR, JJ.
After a bench trial, Vanessa Lynn Page was convicted of
felony driving under the influence (DUI). Page appeals.
Finding no error, we affirm.
On August 14, 2015, around 7:00 p.m., Page was arrested near
her home in Cedar Lake trailer park in Biloxi, Mississippi,
after a tipster identified by first and last name called 911
and reported Page. The tipster called 911 shortly after the
tipster and Page left the same Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
meeting. The tipster expressed concern for Page's
driving, and the tipster included specific details about
Page's identity, vehicle, and destination. The tipster
also told the dispatcher that someone had offered Page a ride
home, but Page refused. The tipster described Page as a
slightly belligerent and extremely intoxicated white woman
who was approximately five-feet tall with her hair pulled
back into a ponytail.
Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen received the call from
dispatch. McKeithen was familiar with the trailer park where
When McKeithen approached the area of the trailer park, he
immediately noticed the described car at an intersection in
front of him. As he made a turn onto South Cedar Lake, he saw
Page's grey Nissan Versa turn left into the trailer park.
He later testified that the driver matched the description
originally provided in the tip. McKeithen followed Page for
about an eighth of a mile before pulling her over. Traveling
at ten miles an hour, McKeithen trailed Page for roughly
forty-five seconds before he stopped her. McKeithen testified
he did not observe any traffic offenses while he followed
Page. He made the stop based on the confirmation of
information he received from dispatch and also for the safety
of the children in the area.
Page pulled over immediately. When McKeithen approached, he
noticed that Page smelled like alcohol, her eyes were glassy,
and her speech was slurred. Once she got out of the car, Page
had trouble keeping her balance and she was unsteady on her
feet. McKeithen ran her driver's license, which came back
as suspended because of a prior DUI from earlier that year.
Shortly after McKeithen stopped Page, Officer Jason Cummings,
a DUI officer, arrived on the scene and took over to
administer field sobriety tests. Cummings noticed the same
odor, appearance, and slurred speech that McKeithen observed.
When Cummings attempted to administer the field sobriety
tests, Page failed the first test. Citing a pre-existing
injury, Page was physically unable to complete the remainder
of the tests. Based on these observations, Cummings arrested
Page for ...