Motorist to answer to meth, DUI charges in court Thursday

Apr. 19—A motorist who grabbed the attention of Crossville Police is to return to General Sessions Court Thursday, facing charges of driving under the influence and possession of meth with intent, according to police reports and documents.

Beverly Charlene Parks, 53, 10800 block of Crossville Hwy., Sparta, was arrested by CPD Officers Sptl. Shade Foster and Sgt. Crystal Massey around 9:40 p.m. on April 11 as she drove her 2006 Dodge Durango on Elmore Rd.

As a result of the traffic stop, Parks was charged with DUI and possession of what police described as 13.92 grams of meth, according to the reports.

A passenger in the vehicle, identified as Justin Hamby, 36, of the same address, was taken into custody on a probation violation warrant from White County.

According to the arrest report, Sgt. Massey and Ptl. Jacob Ogle were on a traffic stop on West Ave. when a silver pickup stopped. The driver started yelling about being followed and then left, turning onto Elmore Rd.

Foster was in the area, noticed the vehicle's brake light was not operating and stopped the driver. Massey arrived on the scene and after interaction with the driver, deployed a K-9 around the outside of the pickup.

The dog alerted to the presence of contraband in the vehicle and the resulting search yielded a plastic bag from the truck's console that contained a crystalline substance, leading to the charges.

Parks made her first appearance in court Monday and was appointed representation by the Public Defender's Office. A bond order reducing an $11,500 bond was entered and the case continued to Thursday.

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