Woman charged with possession of meth
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Deputy Steve McCullough arrested a woman after he found suspected crystal methamphetamine inside her purse.

According to his report, Malea Peels’ vehicle was exceeding the speed limit as she drove on Ladd Springs Road.

McCullough performed a traffic stop after confirming the vehicle’s speed was 53 mph in a 45 mph zone.

The deputy indicated Peels appeared “extremely nervous” and he asked if she had anything illegal in her vehicle.

Peels reportedly gave the deputy consent to search and deputy Ben Clayton found a small bag containing the suspected meth inside a container in her purse.

Peels was taken into custody and to the Bradley County Jail where she was charged with simple possession of Schedule II drugs and speeding.

- A scooter valued at $500 was reported stolen from a Crawford Drive residence.

According to a report filed by deputy Ben Clayton, Harmon Barton said he had parked the scooter on the sidewalk at his home. Harmon had been gone for two days and when he returned, the scooter was missing.

Harmon also said the key was not in the scooter at the time of its disappearance. A helmet was also taken.

Serial numbers were obtained and have been entered into the National Crime Information Center computer database, according to Clayton’s report.

- There will be Field Sobriety Checkpoints in Bradley County beginning next week.

The checkpoints will be set up in random location in the county, according to Capt. Jessie Brooks of the Chattanooga District office of THP.

According to THP officials, checkpoints are an effective means of recognizing the dangers presented to the driving public by motorists who would violate the laws of the state.

All scheduled checkpoints are contingent upon weather conditions and manpower availability.