24-year-old Darrin Bearden was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, and drag racing when he was topping out at 115 mph in his Dodge Charger racing a Dodge Challenger on I-40 West. Marijuana was found in his vehicle after it was impounded.
On May 9th, Officers Henderson and McDunn, as well as Colonel Sheffield, responded to a traffic call at I-40 W and Jackson Avenue. Colonel identified the defendant, Darrin Bearden, in a 2018 grey Dodge Charger swerving in and out of traffic at high speeds while racing against an orange Dodge Challenger. The officer clocked him reaching up to 115 mph in two blocks on I-40 West, reaching over 100 mph just to make a traffic stop just east of Jackson Avenue.
Bearden told Officers Henderson and McDunn that he was driving fast to try and get away from the Challenger. After Bearden’s vehicle was towed, an officer conducted an inventory of the vehicle. The officer found 4.6 grams of marijuana in a grey container separated in plastic baggies. Bearden agreed that it and the paraphernalia the police found was his so he was taken into custody and transported to 201 Poplar Avenue.
Darrin Bearden was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, and drag racing. He was later released on his own recognizance.