Report: Marijuana smoke from car stopped for accident scene tipped deputy for drug, DUI arrest

John Thompson • Feb 28, 2013 at 4:27 PM

ROAN MOUNTAIN — A Carter County driver who stopped behind patrol cars for no reason at the site of an earlier accident was arrested on drunk driving and drug possession charges on Tuesday night.

Deputy Brian Smithpeters said officers were working a traffic accident on Main Street in Roan Mountain when a black Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck stopped behind the patrol cars. Smithpeters went to tell the driver that Main Street was open and he could proceed. When he spoke with the driver, he noticed the strong aroma of burning marijuana.

Smithpeters identified the man as Jacob Ray McKinney, 104 Rainbow's End, Roan Mountain. Smithpeters searched McKinney and reported finding three individual packages of marijuana and a $20 bill inside a plastic bag. Another package of marijuana, a change purse, and a smoking pipe were found in another plastic bag.

McKinney was charged with DUI, possession of Schedule VI drug for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and implied consent violation. His truck, the marijuana and $25 in cash were seized.

McKinney is scheduled to answer the charges in Sessions Court on April 8.

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