Dean Keller and Tyree Ford
Speeding violation leads to 2 arrests, drug and cash seizure
May 5, 2014: Investigators arrested Dean Keller, age 23, 2560 Mclean Drive Kingsport; and Tyree Ford, age 23, 3316 Watterson St. Kingsport; after stopping the vehicle Keller was driving for speeding.
Investigators conducting patrols for impaired drivers stopped a Hyundai Elantra on Highway 36, late Saturday evening for speeding. K9 Mali was utilized to conduct an open air sniff of the vehicle. Mali alerted to the vehicle indicating the presence of illegal drugs. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 6 bags of marijuana totaling approximately 3 ounces, and a loaded handgun.
As Investigators began searching, a 3rd passenger in the vehicle fled on foot. Investigators have identified that suspect and charges are pending.
A juvenile, who was also a passenger in the vehicle, was released to their parents. Keller, the driver of the vehicle was charged with Speeding, Financial Responsibility, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and Possession of Schedule 6 for Resale. His bond was set at $21,000.
Ford was charged with Possession of Schedule 6 for Resale, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Dangerous Felony, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. His bond was set at $21,000. Both Ford and Keller will be arraigned this morning. A vehicle and a small amount of cash were seized. More charges are pending and this investigation is ongoing.
On 05/12/2014 at approximately 4:16 p.m., officers of the Johnson City Police Department were dispatched to a stolen vehicle at 180 Marketplace Blvd (Lowe's). The complainant, Jason Vela, told officers someone had stolen his vehicle from the parking lot of Old Navy. The vehicle Mr. Vela was reporting as being stolen matched the description of a vehicle that was involved in a hit and run wreck on Interstate 26. The wreck occurred approximately 20 minutes before the complainant called in to report his vehicle stolen.
At approximately 5:15 p.m., a caller to 911 reported a suspicious vehicle at the rear parking lot of Blankenship Pharmacy (222 E Watauga Ave). Upon arrival, it was discovered that the suspicious vehicle was the hit and run vehicle and the vehicle reported stolen by complainant. After transporting the complainant to Blankenship Pharmacy, Mr. Vela finally admitted to driving the vehicle and leaving the scene of the accident when he realized he had parked the vehicle underneath a video surveillance camera.
Jason E. Vela, 42 years of age, of 750 Hairetown Rd., Jonesborough, TN 37659 was charged with Filing a False Report and transported to the Washington County Detention Center where he will be held on a $4,000 bond. An arraignment is set for 05/13/2014 at 1:30 p.m. in Washington County Session Court.
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