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Intoxicated motorist complaint results in two drug arrests at gas station

Jeff Bobo • May 25, 2016 at 6:00 PM

CHURCH HILL — A complaint of an intoxicated driver at a Church Hill gas station Sunday evening resulted in two arrests — one for meth possession and one for pill trafficking.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday, Church Hill Police Department Officer Ethan Mays responded with other city and county officers to the Marathon gas station located at 201 S. Central Ave.

HCSO Deputy Josh Byrd arrived first on the scene, followed by Officer Issac Hutchins and Mays.

Mays was speaking with the driver, Timothy Shawn Dennis, 37, 2013 Brown Drive, Rogersville, when a female exited the store and walked over to the vehicle. The female reportedly admitted she was a passenger in the vehicle.

Dennis reportedly stated there wasn’t anything illegal in the vehicle and then consented to a search.

“When Mr. Dennis exited the vehicle, I observed a small blue pill in plain view on the driver’s seat,” Mays said. “The pill was believed to be an alprazolam. I then requested Deputy Wesley Seals of the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit (K9 Division) to respond to my location. While waiting, I observed Jason Arnold exit the bathroom of the store, then exit the store and walk toward the east end of the building.”

Mays added, “I noticed the female subject attempting to talk to Mr. Arnold. I asked her if he had been in the car with them as well, and she advised me that he was the front seat passenger.”

Arnold reportedly denied having any illegal items on his person, although CHPD Officer Dustin Dean located three syringes in the bathroom garbage can.

Arnold allegedly admitted to putting them there.

“I noticed the front of Mr. Arnold’s short’s appeared to be distorted,” Mays said. “Officer Hutchins asked Mr. Arnold to shake his shorts, and upon doing so, I observed a small clear baggy fall to the ground. Inside the baggy I observed a clear rock-like substance consistent with ‘ICE’, a very pure form of meth.”

Mays added, “Mr. Arnold then stated he ‘had the right to an attorney’ and declined to answer any further questions.”

The amount of meth was estimated at approximately one gram.

Seals and his K9 partner Bak performed a walk around of the vehicle, and Bak alerted it.

A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded three small baggies containing five alprazolam pills each.

Dennis was charged with possession of Schedule IV narcotics with intent to deliver.

Arnold was charged with possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both are scheduled for arraignment Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court.                     

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