Officer Darren Davis initiated a traffic stop on Sunday evening, August 14 on West Magnolia Avenue on a speeding vehicle. Mark Grinnell, of Knoxville, was found to be the driver. Davis checked Grinnell’s license status and found it to be suspended along with his vehicle being unregistered.
After being told his vehicle could not be driven on the road, Grinnell attempted to reach inside his vehicle and was told not to by Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp who was also on the scene. He ignored Beauchamp and was taken down to the ground by Davis and Beauchamp and cuffed. A search of his vehicle revealed 26.7 grams of marijuana found in the rear seat.
Grinnell was charged with Simple Possession of Schedule VI Drug and Resisting Arrest. He was also cited for Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License, Speeding, Driving an Unregistered Vehicle, and Violation of the Light Law. He was transported to Carroll County Jail without further incident.
The McKenzie Police Department received an early morning phone call on Wednesday, August 10 regarding a wrecked car on East Walnut Avenue. Three officers responded to the scene and located the wrecked vehicle and the caller. They inspected the vehicle and found no one else in it or around it but did notice a Bethel University parking sticker and called Bethel’s Security office.
They called back and reported Angel Seals, of Memphis had shown up reporting that Briana Pruitt, also of Memphis, told her she wrecked the vehicle and had taken it without her permission. Seals wrote a statement to Bethel Security advising that Brianna Pruitt asked her to take her to the store. She refused stating she was going to bed. Seals reported waking up around 4 a.m. to find her phone and keys missing.
Pruitt was arrested and charged with Theft Over $2,500 and under $10,000, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Driving Without a Driver’s License.
A Martin man was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespassing after a Highland Drive resident reported him being on her property. According to a report filed by officer Jeremiah Brooks, he and other officers responded to the residence shortly after 1:30 p.m. and found Sean Wecker, of Martin, on the resident’s property. He was advised not to come back to the property since the resident stated she did not know him or want him there.
A short time later, he was back on the property and was found by Officer Brooks looking in the neighbor’s house windows and attempting to enter by twisting door knobs. Brooks arrested Wecker and charged him with Criminal Trespass and was taken to Carroll County Jail.
On Tuesday night, August 9, Officer Darren Davis observed a vehicle traveling South on Highland Drive with a headlight out and initiated a traffic stop. Brandon Flippen, of McKenzie, was found to be the driver and his license was found to be suspended had no proof of insurance at the time of the stop. Flippen was cited for Driving on Suspended License, Violation of the Light Law, and Violation of Financial Responsibility Law.