published Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Chattanooga Police Briefs: Untaxed booze draws charges

Untaxed booze draws charges

A man driving a 1992 Ford Thunderbird on Highway 58 on Saturday night was charged with transporting untaxed alcoholic beverages after a Hamilton County Sheriff's Office deputy saw what he suspected to be moonshine in mason jars in a cardboard box in the car.

Timothy Durham, 47, also faces drug charges after a deputy pulled him over because a headlight was out on his vehicle.

According to the arrest report, the deputy saw Durham throw out a plastic bag from the passenger side of the vehicle at the beginning of the traffic stop. When picked up from the shoulder of the road and examined, the bag contained about five grams of green plant material the deputy suspected to be marijuana.

The arresting deputy also saw a meth pipe in the floorboard of the car along with what appeared to be "crystal ice." The deputy also found rolling papers and a set of scales.

In total, Durham faces two charges of possession of a controlled substance, a charge of driving on a revoked, suspended or cancelled license and the charge of transporting the untaxed alcoholic beverages.

Suspect sought in burglary

Chattanooga police busted an apparent robbery in progress Sunday afternoon at a home on East 12th Street, but one suspect fled. The other suspect, 22-year-old John Hughley, faces charges of evading arrest, burglary and vandalism/malicious mischief.

When police arrived at the home, the two suspects fled in a Jeep before crashing into a tree at 2000 Laura St. Hughley suffered injuries in the crash and did not run from police. The other suspect is listed as Darrel Putman Jr.

Man charged in knife incident

A 77-year-old man is charged with aggravated assault after a Sunday afternoon incident involving a knife and a 29-year-old woman who an arrest report describes as the victim. Officers took Leasie Roberts into custody at 4200 Dodds Ave. after they said Roberts tossed a knife over a fence at the location once he realized police had arrived at the scene. They were dispatched because of a reported disorder.

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