Drug possession and public intoxication are the theme

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By Jennifer Caldwell

Drug possession and public intoxication made trouble for three LaFollette men last week.

On Monday LaFollette Police Officer Daniel Terry conducted a traffic stop at a local gas station. 

Records indicate when Terry made contact with the driver, Terry Joe Wallen, 53, of 413 North 13th Street, he discovered the man was driving on a revoked license. Wallen was also allegedly unable to produce insurance and proper registration information.

A search revealed “six light green round pills” in Wallen’s jacket pocket. The medication, determined to be Percocet, was not in its proper container and was prescribed to someone other than Wallen, according to the Terry’s report.

Officers determined Wallen “had intended to resale (the drug) because he was given 90 pills on Feb. 10 and only had six left.”

Wallen was charged with habitual motor vehicle offender, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to resale, violation of the financial responsibility, registration and seatbelt laws, driving on a revoked license and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 27.

On Tuesday Officer Corey Taylor was called to a LaFollette restaurant on the report of an intoxicated male.

When Taylor arrived he found Dustin Wayne Campbell, 25, of 204 Linden Avenue, to allegedly be “intoxicated on methadone.” 

Taylor’s report also indicated Campbell said he did not have the correct bottles for the 59 methadone pills and two Xanax pills he had in his possession.

Campbell was charged with public intoxication, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 27.

Public intoxication incidents continued on Sunday when Officer William Owens received information concerning an impaired person walking along Jacksboro Pike.

Owens located Ronald E. Strohl, 27, of Chestnut Circle walking in the roadway in the east bound lane of traffic. Strohl was allegedly unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol, according to reports.

When confronted by Owens, Strohl presented as irrational and verbally abusive.

Records indicate Strohl stated he was drunk and also said “take me to jail.”

Strohl was arrested and charged with public intoxication. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 13.