Mansfield Police Department

Two Disabled Vehicle Calls Lead to Separate Drunk Driving Arrests – 03/14/15

Township police officers arrested two individuals during the weekend for driving while intoxicated in similar, but unrelated calls to assist disabled motorists. Both incidents occurred on Saturday, March 14th. The first incident was at 5:20 a.m. when police were dispatched to Public Road for a disabled motor vehicle that was off the roadway in a ditch.  The vehicle, a 2002 Ford Focus, was being operated by Tracey Menefield, 24 years old of Mount Holly. During their contact with the driver, police determined Menefield had been drinking alcoholic beverages prior to driving. Menefield was taken into police custody for driving while intoxicated after failing field sobriety tests. At police headquarters, Menefield was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane.  After the completion of his arrest processing, Menefield was released to a friend pending a court appearance, without incident.

Less that eighteen hours later, at 10:53 p.m., police responded to another disabled vehicle call, this one involving a disabled Ford Mustang on Mount Pleasant Road. After locating the vehicle and speaking to the driver, identified as Robert Cowgill, 58 years old of Mount Holly, the officer smelled the odor of alcoholic beverages coming from his breath. Cowgill was unable to pass field sobriety tests and was determined to be intoxicated. Cowgill was arrested and transported to the police station where he was processed and issued several motor vehicle summonses, including Driving While Intoxicated, before being released to a friend.