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HCSO: Accused drug dealer said gun was ‘to intimidate people’

October 29th, 2013 1:46 pm by Jeff Bobo

HCSO: Accused drug dealer said gun was ‘to intimidate people’

Patrick Gerald McDonald

SURGOINSVILLE — A Kingsport man who was allegedly found in possession of a pistol and large quantity of pills following a vehicular crash Friday afternoon reportedly told police he had the gun “to intimidate people.”

Shortly after 1 p.m. Friday HCSO deputies Gary Lawson and Jason Montgomery were dispatched to a single car accident in the area of 550 Carters Valley Road near Surgoinsville.

Lawson stated in his report that upon his arrival he observed 1992 Dodge Intrepid with front end damage sitting in the roadway, and Patrick Gerald McDonald Jr., 29, 104 Robindale Court, Kingsport, was found sitting in the passenger seat.

“Mr. McDonald then stood up from the vehicle and fell into the ditch,” Lawson said. “I then helped Mr. McDonald to his feet and up on the roadway. At this time I observed Mr. McDonald to be very unsteady on his feet.”

McDonald then allegedly performed poorly on a series of field sobriety tests.

Lawson said he observed a Sentry safe in the open trunk of the vehicle and received verbal consent from McDonald to open the safe.

Inside the safe Lawson allegedly found a loaded Bryco 9 millimeter handgun with additional ammunition and magazines, as well as one pill bottle containing 318 white tablets believed to be hydromorphone; and 72 yellow tablets believed to be alprazolam.

“Mr. McDonald stated that he possessed the firearm to intimidate people,” Lawson said. “Later Mr. McDonald gave a written statement to his involvement in the illegal distribution of his prescribed medication.”

McDonald was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule IV narcotics with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony, DUI and driving without a license.

He was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court and as of Monday evening remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $30,000 bond.

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