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Traffic stop results in arrest for possession of pills, syringe

Jeff Bobo • Aug 8, 2014 at 4:16 PM

KINGSPORT — A Hawkins County man who was stopped by police early Friday morning after nearly causing a vehicular accident in Allandale was allegedly found to be in possession of a syringe and 10 oxycodone pills.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Friday Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Mike Allen reportedly observed a 1993 Chevy Lumina fail to yield to oncoming traffic at the intersection of Highway 11-W and University Boulevard in the Hawkins County section of Kingsport.

Allen said the actions of the driver, Harley Brian Denton, 23, 1635 Goshen Valley Road, Church Hill, "caused several vehicles to swerve to avoid collision."

Upon being stopped Denton reportedly admitted he didn't have a driver's license or insurance.

"While he was looking for his identification I observed a syringe sticking out of his back pocket," Allen said. "I then asked about the syringe. He replied that he shot up Subutec."

Denton then reportedly performed well on several field sobriety tests.

He submitted to a search of his vehicle, at which time Allen allegedly found a cellophane wrapped in the glove box which contained 10 10-milligram oxycontin pills.

Denton allegedly admitted the pills were his and he didn't have a prescription for them.

Denton was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, no driver's license, no proof of insurance and failure to yield.

As of Friday afternoon he remained held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set. He was scheduled for arraignment Monday morning in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

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