44-year-old Lachester Hunter was charged with driving with a suspended license, driving under the influence, open container law, straddling lanes, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, and refusal to submit to a BAC test after reportedly getting pulled over with marijuana and pills in his car.
On November 27th, TN State Trooper Mazique observed a red Chrysler 200 cross the fog line multiple times while traveling westbound on I-40. Per the affidavit, he initiated a traffic stop at I-240 South and met with the driver, Lachester Hunter. While speaking with him, he noticed a bottle of brown liquor opened in the front passenger seat and smelled what he believed to be both marijuana and alcohol inside the vehicle and on his person.
When asked if he had been drinking, Lachester admitted to having drinks and that he smoked 20 minutes prior to the traffic stop. Trp. Mazique asked for the insurance information when he noticed in plain view a clear plastic bag with marijuana in the center front seat console. After going to his patrol car and returning to the Chrysler, he noticed an additional clear bag with marijuana inside. He then asked Lachester to exit the car and placed him in the back of his patrol car until another unit came to conduct a vehicle search.
Lachester later refused a field sobriety test and was read his Miranda Rights. A driver’s license check revealed that it was suspended due to not filing for liability insurance. While conducting a vehicle search, a silver grinder with marijuana residue, a black digital scale, and a green pill bottle was found with 35 white oval pills inside. The total weight of all the marijuana that was found was approximately 26.8 grams.
Lachester Hunter was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license, driving under the influence, open container law, straddling lanes, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, and refusal to submit to a BAC test. He was later released on a $10,000 bond.