A Georgia resident is facing three misdemeanor charges after a trooper said he dumped a jar of marijuana and smashed the jar after an interstate traffic stop.
Terrence S. Beale, 41, of Forest Park was arrested on April 23 and charged with marijuana distribution, marijuana possession and obstruction of justice.
In a criminal complaint, Virginia State Police Trooper J.P. Crigger said Beale was lying in the back seat of a vehicle he stopped on Interstate 77 at the 53.5 mile marker.
Crigger said the female driver asked to retrieve her registration from the truck, which is when the trooper saw a large glass jar containing several bags and plant material.
“I asked what was in the jar and she stated, ‘health food,’” the trooper wrote.
Crigger said the jar contained suspected marijuana and that he asked Beale, who was acting strangely, to get out of the vehicle.
After jerking away from the officer, Beale ran toward Crigger’s patrol car before running back toward his vehicle.
Crigger said Beale grabbed the jar and ran down the interstate and up an embankment where he opened the jar, ripped the bag of marijuana and dumped it on the ground.
“I then drew my weapon ordering him to show me his hands,” Crigger wrote.
Unemployed, Beale’s criminal record includes charges of drug manufacturing, theft by conversion, bail jumping, disorderly conduct, domestic violence and resisting arrest, according to court records.
“Flight Risk!!!” a magistrate wrote in court papers when ordering Beale held without bond.
Incarcerated in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin and represented by the public defender’s office, Beale has an Oct. 9 trial date set in Bland County General District Court.
Tennessee man charged with DWI
James Edward Buhl Jr., 50, of Clinton, Tennessee, was arrested on April 21 by Trooper C. Saunders and charged with driving while intoxicated and no operator’s license.
Saunders said he was patrolling the interstate when he found Buhl’s vehicle stuck in the median outside the Big Walker Mountain Tunnel.
He said Buhl was unsteady on his feet and that he smelled of alcohol. His blood alcohol content was .15, according to a breathalyzer test.
Buhl’s criminal history includes charges of aggravated burglary, simple possession and shoplifting, court records show.
He’s being held on a $2,000 bond with a June 19 trial date.
Inmate facing drug charge
Joseph Lee Parrish, 28, a Bland Correctional Center inmate, was arrested on April 24 and charged with procuring, selling or possessing marijuana while a prisoner and obstructing justice.
Sgt. D.N. Dillow obtained the warrants.
Parrish’s criminal history includes charges of involuntary manslaughter, assault and battery, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Bland County man charged with assault
Robert Matthew Dawson, 45, of Bland was arrested on April 21 by Deputy K.C. Walker and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.
In his criminal complaint, Walker said Alexandra Stephanie Benoit claimed that Dawson choked her during an argument that started over dogs.
Walker said Benoit’s neck was red and had a small bruise.
Working at Kimberling Creek Ranch for five years, Dawson has no prior criminal record, according to court documents.
Released on his own recognizance, his court date is June 19.
N.C. man charged with DWI
A Lexington, North Carolina, man was charged with DWI, marijuana possession and other offenses on April 17 after a state trooper said he clocked him driving 93 miles per hour in a 70-mph zone.
Robert Lee Conner, 53, was also charged with no driver’s license and reckless driving by speeding.
In a criminal complaint, Trooper C. Saunders said he was working radar when he clocked Conner’s northbound vehicle at the 58 mile marker. Saunders said he stopped the vehicle in the BP parking lot and saw Conner trying to hide a beer bottle.
He said that Conner blew a .116 on a breathalyzer, which is over the legal driving limit.
Disabled, Conner has pending charges of driving revoked and shoplifting, according to court records.
His prior criminal record includes charges of obtaining drugs by fraud, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, DWI and larceny.
Minnesota man arrested
Mario Solis Cantu, 30, of St. Paul, Minnesota, was arrested on April 15 and charged with marijuana possession and no driver’s license. Deputy E.V. Milliner made the arrest on I-77 at the 60 miler marker.