Three people receive drug-related charges
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Oct 29, 2013 | 1733 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In unrelated incidents, three people were charged during the past few days in connection with drugs.

Sgt. Mark Miller said he initiated a traffic stop on Fransisco Road late last week and the driver of the vehicle reportedly slowed, allowing the passenger to exit the vehicle.

According to his report, Jason D. Lawson, 28, of Birchwood, jumped from the vehicle and fled into a nearby field.

Miller gave chase on foot.

Lawson reportedly shouted to Miller that he had active warrants, according to deputy David Michaels of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Michaels’ report, after taking Lawson into custody, deputies found hypodermic needles and a glass pipe with “suspected drug residue” inside.

Lawson was arrested on 13 outstanding warrants that had been filed in Hamilton County, according to Michaels’ report.

Other charges could be pending.

Two other people were arrested after a traffic stop on Lower River Road.

According to a report filed by Michaels, he was conducting speed reduction in the area when he confirmed through radar a driver was speeding.

Amanda Lee Carroll Freeman, 37, was identified as the driver.

Corporal Heath Arthur arrived on the scene and gained consent to search the vehicle and Freeman’s belongings.

Terena M. Mathews, 44, was a passenger in the vehicle as well, according to the report.

After searching the vehicle, Arthur located a plastic bag containing suspected meth, digital scales, additional plastic bags described as “resale bags,” and two glass pipes that is “used for the consumption of meth.”

Both occupants denied knowledge of the items, according to the report.

Freeman and Mathews were taken into custody and transported to the Bradley County Jail where they were booked on possession of Schedule II for resale, and possession of felony drug paraphernalia. Freeman was also charged with speeding, according to Michaels.

n A portable safe was taken during an Old Alabama Road burglary during the weekend.

A coin collection was reportedly stored inside the safe, according to a report filed by corporal David Harper of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

Jimmy Crisp said someone entered through a rear door at his home and took the safe along with approximately $900 in coins.

Medications were also taken during the burglary.

Crisp was able to provide possible suspect information to Harper.

Investigation is continuing.

n Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Safety Belt Checkpoints in Bradley County beginning next week.

The checkpoints will be set up in random location in the county.

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.