KPD: Light law violation leads to pot, crack

Rain Smith • Feb 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM

A pickup allegedly traveling on snowy Fort Henry Drive shortly after midnight with no headlights activated has spurred a pair of drug arrests.Kingsport police report the incident occurred at 12:10 a.m. Thursday in the 3200 block. When the 1993 Toyota Tacoma pulled into Murphy Express, Kingsport Police Department Officer Joseph Moody followed to speak with the driver about the light law violation.An incident report states both male occupants appeared "very nervous."The driver, Wesley Thomas Vittatoe, 20, 1712 Anderson St., Bristol, Tenn., was later determined to have had his license revoked.The passenger, Anthony Keith Robinette, 23, of 103 Walnut Road,Bristol, Tenn., reportedly "kept getting out of the truck" while police spoke with Vittatoe. After repeatedly ignoring commands to stay inside the vehicle, police conducted a pat down on Robinette for weapons.The officer's arrest report says Robinette refused to open his hand and reveal what he was holding. He eventually threw a small package onto the ground, with it allegedly found to contain crack cocaine.Further search of Robinette reportedly discovered four pills, empty baggies, digital scales and a pipe.Police say a search of Vittatoe located a baggie containing marijuana in his jacket pocket, along with one and a half pills in his pants pocket. Police report locating additional marijuana in the glove box of the vehicle, with the total weight later determined to be 1.06 ounces.Robinette was arrested and charged with possession of crack cocaine,possession of prescription medication for resale, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest.Vittatoe was arrested and charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana for resale, driving on a revoked license, violation of light law, and failure to have insurance.

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