Suspicious vehicle call lands two in jail on drug charges

Becky Campbell • Updated Apr 6, 2018 at 10:58 PM

Johnson City police responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle with two unconscious people inside at a fast food restaurant early Thursday, ending with the couple jailed on drug charges.

Officers were dispatched to Sonic Drive-In on West Market Street around 12:23 a.m. Thursday and found Christopher M. Murden, 41, 145 Rosewood Circle, Elizabethton, and Amie N. Vines, 39, 909 Watauga Road, Watauga, inside the car.

While talking to the two, police asked for consent to search the car and the two complied, according to a news release. During that search, officers found a clear crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine, a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana, white pills identified as clonazepam, a syringe, a grinder with marijuana residue, and a glass pipe with burn marks and white residue.

As a result, the two were arrested. Murden was charged with DUI, unlawful drug paraphernalia, simple possession of marijuana, simple possession of clonazepam and felony possession of methamphetamine. Vines was charged with public intoxication, unlawful drug paraphernalia, simple possession of marijuana, simple possession of clonazepam, felony possession of methamphetamine and introduction of contraband into a penal facility. The last charge on Vines stemmed from officers finding additional drugs on her when she was searched at the jail.

Murden and Vines were arrested and transported to the Washington County Detention Center where they were being held on $10,000 bond each. Vines was also being held on an additional bond of $5,000 for the contraband charge. Their arraignments were set for Friday in Washington County Sessions Court.

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