Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Window Tinting Leads to Drug Charge

A window-tinting violation has led to felony drug charges being brought against a Wilson County man. Cookeville police officer Craig Wilkerson says he pulled over a pick-up truck last week because it appeared that the tinting on the window was darker than allowed by law. A citation was issued for the window tint violation, but Wilkerson also noticed that the driver seemed especially nervous, so he asked the driver, identified as 22-year-old Rodney Ray Dunnam Junior of Cairo Bend Road in Lebanon, if there were any illegal drugs in the truck. Dunnam allegedly admitted to not only having drugs, but also having a weapon in the vehicle. Police found about a quarter of a pound of marijuana in a black bag under the back seat, as well as a handgun in the center console, an extra magazine for ammunition, and a set of digital scales. The Tennessee Highway Patrol charged Dunnam with felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawfully carrying a firearm. They also told him that they would be seizing his vehicle. And he'll be in Cookeville city court for the window tint violation.