(Smith County Insider Press) – On January 27th, 2018, THP dispatch issued a BOLO for a white 2004 Honda Accord traveling East on Interstate 40 and driving erratically. Trooper Tommy Cooper witnessed the vehicle crossing over the right lane fog line and stopped the vehicle.
According to the police report, Trooper Cooper noticed a white powedery substance around the steering wheel and in the lap of the driver of the vehicle, Aaren Alred (27, Cookeville). Trooper Cooper noticed that Alred fumbled with his wallet while trying to take out his license, and dilated pupils, slurred speech, and appeared to be drowsy.
Trooper Cooper asked Alred about drugs in the vehicle, and Alred retrieved a marijuana blunt. According to the police report, Trooper Cooper told Alred to exit the vehicle, but Alred denied. When Alred finally exited the vehicle, he was placed in handcuffs.
In a black bag on the passenger seat, Trooper Cooper located 2 syringes along with a digital scale and green plant material.
According to the police report, the vehicle also contained several other drugs, including buprenorphine, oxycodone, clonazepam, and 5.3 grams of a yellow crystal substance visually identified as methamphetamine.
Alred is charged with driving under the influence, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule II (2 counts), possession of schedule III, possession of schedule IV, and possession of schedule VI.