Trespassing leads to multiple drug, disorderly conduct charges

Nick Shepherd • Jul 2, 2014 at 2:55 PM

A traffic stop to tell people they were trespassing on private property quickly turned into a wrestling match and led to the arrest of a Kingsport man on charges of disorderly conduct and a number of drug violations, according to a police report.

The incident began late Friday night when Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant B.J. Richardson was traveling down Beechwood Road and saw several people and vehicles pulled off to the side. The property is privately owned and reportedly known for drug activity.

Lt. Richardson pulled over to tell the people they were trespassing and asked Benjamin Lyons, 20, 540 Rambling Road, Kingsport, what they were doing there. Lyons reportedly told the officer his friend was having a seizure, but was okay and they were going to leave.

The officer went to check on the friend, located on the passenger side of the truck, and asked how he was doing. As he was checking, Lyons began to tell the officer he had no right to ask any questions.

Richardson told Lyons repeatedly to be quiet and calm down. According to Richardson in his report, Lyons became irate and began screaming, becoming more irate after being told to calm down several times.

At this point, Lyons was asked for his identification by the officer , but Lyons reportedly said he did not have to show identification. He also allegedly kept his hands inside the driver side door of the truck and after being told several times, finally showed the officer his hands and gave him his ID.

During this time Lyons reportedly kept screaming, "Who do you think you are? You have no right to do this." Lyons was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct but Lyons told the officer he was not under arrest and lunged for the inside of the truck, according to the report.

A struggle broke out and Lyons was finally handcuffed when another officer arrived to assist. Richardson got permission from the truck's owner to search inside.

A black bag, allegedly belonging to Lyons, was found inside. It contained scales, a mason jar with a green, leafy substance, believed to be marijuana, small zip lock baggies, four baggies with a light colored grainy substance believed to be methamphetamine, a small bottle believed to be liquid THC, four xanax and drug paraphernalia. A check on his license revealed he was wanted on a warrant for violation of probation.

Lyons was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule IV and schedule VI drugs.

He was released on $5,500 bond.

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