Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Drug Charges Filed After Motel Room Search
What began as an investigation of a traffic accident ended up with two individuals being arrested by Cookeville police on drug charges. Officer Craig Wilkerson says he was dispatched to the area of Eastwood Inn Monday night when someone called to report a car that was off in a ditch. He didn't find a car in the ditch, but did find it parked at the motel. After finding that the driver to the car was registered in one of the rooms, police knocked on the door to discuss the wreck and later decided to obtain a search warrant for the room. That search allegedly turned up a large bag of marijuana and a sandwich baggie box with several smaller of amounts of marijuana, packaged for re-sale. The occupants of the room, 20-year-old Ashley Nichole Choate and 22-year-old Derrick Justin Choate, were then arrested. Police claim Derrick Choate had more than five hundred dollars in cash on him, despite saying that he was unemployed. They also say his cell phone had numerous text messages pertaining to the sale of drugs.