Man, woman charged with narcotics following traffic stop

By Abby Morris

Star Staff

   Law enforcement officers arrested a 26-year-old male and a 23-year-old female early Wednesday morning and charged them with possession of Schedule II narcotics for resale following a routine traffic stop near the intersection of U.S. Highway 91 and Minton Hollow Road.
   William Joey Perkins, 197 Browns Branch Road, Hampton, and Rebecca S. Vestal, Lynnwood Apartments, Apt. H-2, were both taken into custody by Tennessee Constable Harvey Shaffer after he stopped a maroon Volkswagon. Perkins was also charged with driving on a suspended license.
   According to reports, Shaffer observed the vehicle being driven in an erratic manner on Siam Road, crossing the center line and the fog line on multiple occasions. The vehicle left Siam Road and started traveling on U.S. Highway 19E in the direction of the intersection with East Elk Avenue. The vehicle then turned onto U.S. Highway 91 and later onto Minton Hollow Road, when it was stopped by Shaffer.
   Carter County Sheriff's Department officers Deputy Kenny Cornett and Deputy Sarah Ryan, along with K-9 Sgt. Kabor also responded to the scene.