NASHVILLE – Two men were arrested Tuesday evening for drug possession after a routine traffic stop.
On Feb. 23, just before 9 p.m., Howard County Deputy Travis Turner was patrolling Wakefield Road and observed a small white car “cross over the center of the road and into the south bound lane of Wakefield Road,” according to officer’s notes prepared by Turner. Deputy Turner initiated his blue lights and “tried to make a traffic stop on the vehicle…the vehicle sped up and continued to drive North on Wakefield Road.” Turner stated that he observed the front passenger toss something out of the passenger side window. “I got on the radio and advised Deputy Timmy Floyd, who was coming up behind me, to stop and look by the fence on the east side of the road near the location” where he saw something thrown from inside the vehicle.
The vehicle finally came to a stop and Turner identified the driver as William “Billy” Blount and the passenger as Andrew Pipkins. Turner asked Pipkins what he threw out of the window and “he stated, ‘just an empty bottle.’ Floyd then advised on the radio that he located the pill bottle and that it had drugs inside.” Pipkins was placed in handcuffs. When Floyd arrived, he handed Turner “the pill bottle that he located in the ditch,” Turner opened the bottle and “found two clear bags containing a crystal rock-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, one clear bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, several different pills and a few empty clear, plastic bags. “
Pipkins, 26, of Murfreesboro, and Blount, 38, of Mineral Springs, were arrested for possession with purpose (methamphetamine), possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), and possession of a controlled substance (pills). The pills were identified at the Howard County Sheriff’s Department as Lorazepam and Diazepam and the suspected methamphetamine weighed 2.5 grams,” Turner ended. Howard County Deputy Dustin Wakefield also assisted with the arrests.