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Driver runs stop sign, passenger arrested on drug charges

Published: 8:43 AM, 08/03/2009 Last updated: 8:45 AM, 08/03/2009

Author: Michael Thomason

Ignoring a stop sign led to three people being arrested on fleeing and drug charges Thursday afternoon.

Tellico Plains Police Detective Tonia Norwood said she saw Justin Ray McDaniel, 29, Druid Hill Road, Tellico Plains, exit the parking lot of the Save A Lot without stopping before turning onto Bear Lane. He then pulled onto Highway 68 also without stopping.
Norwood said she turned on her lights and tried to get McDaniel to pull over, but he sped up and headed toward Coker Creek.

Norwood said she followed McDaniel for about five miles before his vehicle stopped running just short of Lake Road. McDaniel and a passenger jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the woods. A second passenger stayed with the vehicle

The passenger who ran into the woods, Bridget McDaniel, 27, County Farm Road, Madisonville, was wanted on a warrant for drug offenses on Jan. 27 and June 19 of this year when she fled from Monroe County Sheriff's Detective Travis Jones.
While the sheriff's office helped search for suspects, a search of the vehicle turned up a glasses case with a spoon, cotton ball and hypodermic syringe in it. The name on the case, Gregory Cathey, was the passenger who stayed with the vehicle.

Justin and Bridget McDaniel, brother and sister, were found in the woods shortly after they ran into them and taken into custody.
Justin McDaniel is charged with felony evading arrest and driving on a revoked license. Bridget McDaniel is charged with initiating the process to manufacture methamphetamine, promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and felony evading arrest. Cathey is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Meth arrest
A Vonore woman was also arrested on meth related charges by the Blount County Sheriff's Office Thursday.
Investigators with the Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force got a tip that the women had been shopping at various businesses for medicines containing pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in meth, according to a BCSO news release.

Officers stopped Tracy Leeann Young, 39, of Vonore and Deborah Sue Wattenberger, 44, of Athens in a business parking lot, where they admitted to buying the drugs to make meth, according to the Blount County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies charged Wattenberger and Young with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine  and possession of drug paraphernalia. Young's 3-year-old son, who was with the women, was turned over to relatives. | 442-4575

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