On Thursday, Sgt. Chris Baird was on patrol on I-85 travel- ing southbound when he observed a vehicle traveling southbound in the left lane traveling below the posted speed and applying brakes. The vehicle made a sudden lane change in front of a tractor trailer causing the tractor trailer to slam on brakes. Sgt. Baird stopped the vehicle and while speaking with the driver detected an odor associated with alcohol. At the conclusion of Sgt. Baird’s investigation Junior Barbour 32, was arrested for DUI and transported to the South Hill Police Department where a warrant for was obtained for DUI. Barbour was held on an unsecured bond.
Also on while on patrol on Highway 15 near Bobcat’s Store on Thursday, Deputy Joey Carey observed a red Kia traveling northbound on highway 15 with no front Va tag. The vehicle was stopped and K-9 Deputy Bruce King responded along with K-9 Bak. The K-9 did an open air search of the vehicle and responded with a positive alert.
A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted and recovered was a syringe, a spoon and bundles of suspected heroin.
Arrested were Dereck Hancock 30, of Drakes Branch and Christy Holcomb 37, of Chase City. Both were trans- ported to MRRJ before a magistrate where war- rants for possession of a Schedule 1 or II narcotic were obtained and served on Hancock and Holcomb. Both were given a secured bond.
On Friday, Deputy Josh Watts was on patrol on I-85 when a southbound grey BMW entered his radar traveling 83 mph
in a posted 70 mph zone. The vehicle was stopped and as Deputy Watts approached the vehicle, he detected a strong odor he associated with Marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle turned up some green plant like material that, when field tested, showed positive as marijuana.
The driver, identified as Natalie Dwyer 31, of Newport News was issued a summons for reckless driving and a summons for simple possession of marijuana.
Also on Friday, Corporal Byrt Carnes was on patrol on Highway 58 when he stopped a vehicle
at the intersection of Baskerville road and highway 58 for speeding. Upon Corporal Carnes approaching the vehicle he detected a strong odor he associated with marijuana coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was searched and some green plant like material was recovered. When field tested, the material tested positive for marijuana.
The 25 year old driver of the car was issued two summons, one for speeding and one for simple possession of marijuana.