Police Stop Smithville Man for Speeding and Find Marijuana

November 7, 2008
Dwayne Page

A 40 year old Smithville man faces drug charges after recently being stopped by police for speeding

David Leon Pirtle of Gentry Avenue is charged with possession of a schedule VI controlled substance for sale and delivery. His bond is $25,000 and he will be in court on the charge November 13th.

In his report, Officer Matt Holmes states that "On October 30th on Highway 146, Pirtle was stopped for speeding. After Pirtle pulled into his driveway on Gentry Avenue, Officer Holmes approached the vehicle and saw Pirtle pushing something in his pants. Officer Holmes claims he asked Pirtle what he had in his pants and Pirtle pulled out a plastic bag containing one ounce of marijuana. A box of sandwich bags was also found in the vehicle. In addition to the box of Glad sandwich bags and marijuana, Officer Holmes also found scales.

Meanwhile, 28 year old Joseph Lovell of King Ridge Road was charged with driving on a suspended license on October 30th. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court November 13th.

Officer Matt Holmes, in his report, states that on October 30th on Highway 70, Lovell was operating a motor vehicle and was stopped for a seat belt violation. A computer check revealed his license was suspended.

41 year old Billy Wayne Neal of Morse College Road was charged with driving under the influence on Saturday, November 1st. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court on November 13th,

Officer Scott Davis reports that on November 1st at the Hardees parking lot, Neal was passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle. He had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and he was unsteady on his feet. He performed poorly on all field sobriety tasks and be blew a .132 on a breathalyzer test.

Jonathan A. Bright of Hendersonville was charged with assault last Saturday. His bond is $1,000. Officer Travis Bryant reports that on Saturday, November 1st at 104 Windham Street, Bright assaulted a 17 year old boy by jumping out of his vehicle and hitting him several times in the face and head with his fists, causing the juvenile to need emergency treatment. After the assault, Bright got in his vehicle and left.

32 year old Fernando Ortega of Atnip Street was charged recently with no drivers license and cited for excessive noise, and for no registration and no insurance.

Officer Matt Farmer reports that Ortega was stopped on Short Mountain Street for excessive noise. Upon speaking with him, Ortega advised that he did not have a license. A computer check revealed that he has no license and only had an I.D.

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