Drunken couple arrested by police after domestic incident

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By Jon Johnson

jonjohnsonnews@gmail.com

SAFFORD – A man is facing several charges after allegedly stealing from his female acquaintance, assaulting her, and trashing his own house; the woman involved also faces charges for allegedly driving while drunk. 

An officer was dispatched at about 3 p.m. to a residence on S. 1st Ave. regarding a domestic violence situation. Upon arrival, the injured party, identified as Wendie Doster, and her sister were located outside the residence. The women informed the officer that the male occupant, Bobby Joe Reynolds, had assaulted Doster and taken $200 from her bra.

Upon entry, the officer noticed the residence to be in disarray with broken glass throughout the living room, a flat-screen television laying face down and personal effects such as women’s makeup and various clothing scattered around. 

Reynolds allegedly told the officer that Doster had wrecked his house. However, Doster’s sister advised that Doster had called her claiming to be assaulted by Reynolds and when she arrived she witnessed Renolds trash his own house and throw her sister around. 

Doster advised that she originally came to the house to take a shower since her power had been disconnected. She said Reynolds was mad she didn’t bring a bottle of alcohol with her and then assaulted her and took her money. The officer noted that both subjects smelled highly of alcohol. 

Reynolds was then placed under arrest for disorderly conduct, theft, and criminal damage. He was transported to the Graham County Adult Detention Facility, where he blew a .330 breath/alcohol concentration on a portable breath test. Due to his extreme intoxication, he was taken back to his residence. The officer also learned he was on probation, and Reynolds’ probation officer advised Reynolds could be released but that he needed to show up the following morning at the probation department at 8 a.m. Reynolds was then given a citation for theft, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage and released.

Doster arrested for DUI 

While the officer was initially placing Reynolds in his car, he witnessed Doster get into her car and back up into her sister’s car. 

A second officer on the scene reported that the sister was also trying to leave the residence at the same time and began honking her horn at Doster. 

After the collision, the second officer began a DUI investigation on Doster, who allegedly admitted to drinking alcohol. 

After failing a field sobriety test, Doster was given a portable breath test that registered a .09 breath/alcohol concentration. She was then arrested and transported to the Safford Police Department. 

Doster declined to submit to a blood test, however, and a warrant had to be procured. After receiving the warrant, an officer took two vials of blood for DUI testing purposes and then released Doster to a family member. Possible DUI charges are pending results of the blood testing and review by prosecutors. 

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