Thursday, July 9, 2009
Careless Driving Leads to Drug Arrest
A Cookeville police officer, who stopped a car that had nearly run his cruiser off the road, ended up citing the occupants for possession of drugs. It happened on Mine Lick Creek Road as Officer Darrin Stout was patrolling. He says a Ford Explorer rounded a curve in the road and came completely over into his lane of travel, causing him to swerve to avoid a collision. When Stout stopped the vehicle, he said the driver appeared overly nervous, so he called for a K-9 unit to determine whether or not there were illegal drugs in the vehicle. As it turns out, both the driver and passenger allegedly had a bag of marijuana hidden in the crotch area of their clothing. And the driver also had two baggies of meth in her purse. 31-year-old Kelly Leigh Bartlett of Freehill Road and 28-year-old Clayton Michael Smith of Crabtree Circle were then taken to jail for booking.