GATE CITY — Three people were arrested on drug charges in Scott County on Saturday after a Gate City police officer pulled a truck over for having a taillight out.
One of the suspects is also facing perjury charges after he allegedly lied to officers about his identity while being taken into custody.
The truck’s driver — Patrick Mitchell Hess, 44, 505 Dale Street, Kingsport — was arrested on charges of possession of Schedule I drugs and driving on a revoked license as a habitual offender (2nd offense).
Two passengers riding in Hess’ vehicle were also taken into custody on drug-related charges.
Ace Moppin Rose, 32, 195 21 St. NW, Norton, was also charged with possession of Schedule I drugs and felony perjury, while Rachael Lynn Clark, 25, 322 Gibson Mill Road, Kingsport, was arrested on a charge of possession of Schedule I drugs.
All three were also charged with several misdemeanors, ranging from a light law violation to possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the Gate City Police Department, the three were arrested after Hess’ Dodge pickup was stopped on U.S. Route 23 near the intersection of Kane Street for having a taillight out.
After arresting Hess on the habitual driving offender charge, Gate City police officers searched his vehicle and allegedly found several used syringes and a syringe containing a red liquid.
Officers said they also discovered several glass tubes that were used as crack pipes in the vehicle, as well as a bag that appeared to contain an undisclosed amount of crack cocaine.
One officer who participated in the arrest described Hess’ vehicle as one of the dirtiest he had encountered, with dried blood from apparent needle use found on the car’s dash and floorboards.
Both Rose and Clark were taken into custody as a result of the search.
Officers said additional drug charges against all three are pending the return of test results on the red liquid found in the syringe.
Rose was charged with felony perjury for allegedly falsely identifying himself to officers during his arrest.
Gate City police said Rose gave officers his brother’s name, date of birth and Social Security number when he was taken into custody. Rose was also reportedly booked into jail under his brother’s name and allegedly gave the name again when he was sworn in at the Scott County magistrate’s office.
Officers said they were alerted to Rose’s actions after staff at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield notified them of his true identity.
Rose is currently being held in the Duffield jail without bond. Hess is being held on a $2,500 bond, while Clark’s bond was set at $1,500. All three are scheduled to appear in court June 25 at 2 p.m.