Lincoln County’s emergency manager and 911 center coordinator, who also works as a law enforcement officer, was arrested by sheriff’s deputies early Friday morning on a DUI complaint.


Lincoln County’s emergency manager and 911 center coordinator, who also works as a law enforcement officer, was arrested by sheriff’s deputies early Friday morning on a DUI complaint.
Lincoln County Sheriff Charlie Dougherty said Joey Wakefield, 39, was arrested along with three other persons, including his son, in the area of 3400 and 860 Roads.
Wakefield, who also serves as a reserve deputy for Lincoln County as well as a part-time police officer in Agra, has been suspended from both agencies pending further investigation, Dougherty said, adding Wakefield voluntarily turned in his badge and commission cards Friday.
Dougherty said events unfolded overnight after three deputies were dispatched to the area about 12:33 a.m., where residents reported seeing two white pickups and heard shots being fired.
One deputy stopped the first pickup while another followed tail lights of another pickup a short distance up the road.
Wakefield was found to be driving the second pickup and appeared to be intoxicated, the sheriff said. Wakefield had two passengers in the pickup — his son, Tyler Wakefield, 18, and 19-year Justin Hill.
Joey Wakefield was arrested on the DUI complaint, the sheriff said, and consented to a Breathalyzer test that showed .17, making him legally intoxicated.
The teens were both arrested on complaints of public intoxication, Dougherty said. All were released from jail Friday after posting bail.
The driver in the first pickup, Conrad Max Caton, 31, was arrested on a complaint of transporting a loaded firearm and possession of methamphetamine after officers found the substance in his pickup during impound, Dougherty said. Caton also was released from jail after posting a bond Friday.
No formal charges have been filed in the case, which has already been turned over to the District Attorney’s office for consideration, Doughtery said.
The sheriff said Wakefield has prior DUI offenses on his record from 1992 and 1998.
Dougherty said Wakefield’s arrest occurred not too far from his home. According to the investigation, Dougherty said Wakefield’s birthday was Thursday and he had recently purchased a new pickup, so he took his son and Hill for a ride.
While driving in that area, they passed Caton, whom they knew, he said. Caton was reportedly showing them a new rifle he had just acquired, and the group apparently fired it a few times into the bar ditch to try it out, the sheriff said, with the sound of that gunfire being reported to 911.
The two pickups were parting ways and leaving the area when deputies arrived, Dougherty said.
The sheriff said Wakefield has always done a fantastic job. And while it’s difficult to investigate one of their own in a case like this, Dougherty said, “We still have a job to do.”
Wakefield could not be reached for further comment. Watch for updates.