Hawkins County deputy finds unconscious couple with meth, pills and gun in wrecked car

Jeff Bobo • Jul 13, 2018 at 9:00 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man who was found unconscious in a wrecked car early Wednesday morning and allegedly in possession of pills, meth and a pistol is facing felony drug trafficking and gun charges.

Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Logan Tate was patrolling Fudges Chapel Road near Church Hill when he observed 1998 Lexus partially in the road headed north in the southbound lane and missing its right rear wheel.

Tate said the vehicle appeared to have been in a wreck, although the engine was still running.

Inside the car, he found Justin Andrew Ellis, 27, 1949 Goshen Valley Road, Church Hill, unresponsive in the driver’s seat.

There was also an unconscious female identified as Hannah Ellis in the passenger seat.

Upon regaining consciousness, Justin Ellis submitted to field sobriety tests, which he passed.

Ellis also reportedly agreed to allowed his vehicle to be searched, at which time Tate allegedly discovered a plastic container with several items inside including a baggy containing 0.35 grams of meth, 11 Clonazepam pills, four Baclofen pills, and 1.5 Quillichew ER pills; as well as about 200 plastic baggies, approximately 30 syringes, a set of digital scales and a pipe.

Ellis was also allegedly found in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun.

He was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule IV narcotics with intent to deliver, possession of a handgun during commission of a felony, possession of meth, possession of legend drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to maintain due care and no insurance.

He was arraigned Wednesday in Sessions Court, and as of Thursday remained held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set.

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