A Smith County officer attempted to stop a vehicle on Alexandria Highway for speeding and a non-working brake light, but the driver of the vehicle continued to elude the officer on September 24. During the pursuit, K9 Sgt. Ridge Long observed the driver, Melissa D. Key and two other passengers frantically moving around inside the vehicle before finally stopping for the traffic stop.
It was soon discovered that Key was driving on a revoked driver’s license and was also a repeat offender. The two passengers, Christopher Jones and Ricky Bowman, provided identification to the officer.
According to the police report, individuals in the vehicle were known drug offenders which led to a search of the vehicle. During the search, a set of digital scales that contained residue was found in a blue bag. Also found in the blue bag was a letter from the state addressed to Bowman. Key’s purse had a pipe with residue. It was also discovered that Jones had a warrant for his arrest in Smith County for failure to appear. All were placed under arrest.
According to the police report, upon arriving at the jail, Key was repeatedly asked if she had any weapons or drugs hidden on her, which she denied repeatedly. Upon being searched by Correction Officer, Jan Green, approximately one gram of meth was located on Key.
Key, Jones and Bowman are all presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.