Broken tail light results in felony meth, gun charges for Hawkins man

Jeff Bobo • Jan 6, 2020 at 7:30 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office allegedly seized 22.6 grams of meth and a loaded .45 caliber handgun last week during a traffic stop on Stanley Valley Road that was initiated due to a broken tail light.

The driver, Randall James Wilson, 43, 515 Marble Hall Road, Rogersville, allegedly tried to throw the meth into the bed of his truck while resisting arrest.

Among the several charges Wilson is facing are possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and tampering with evidence.

Around 11:39 p.m. Thursday, HCSO Deputy Dustin Winter reportedly observed a Nissan pickup driven by Wilson traveling on Stanley Valley Road near Surgoinsville with a tail light out.

Winter stated in his report he had previous knowledge that Wilson was know to carry a firearm, and he immediately conducted a pat-down when Wilson exited the vehicle — allegedly locating a meth pipe in Wilson's pocket.

“I told the suspect to place his hands behind his back,” Winter said. “As I attempted to place him in handcuffs, the suspect pulled away from me and immediately reached into the chest pocket of his jacket. A struggle ensued and the suspect refused to give me his hands.”

“As I shoved the suspect against his vehicle, I observed him pull something out of his pocket and throw it into the bed of his pickup.”

Winter was then able to subdue Wilson and place him in handcuffs.

Upon inspecting the object Wilson threw into the bed of his pickup, Winter allegedly found a cigarette box containing a total of 22.6 grams of meth.

Meth usually sells on the street for about $100 per gram.

Aside from the meth pipe, Winter also located a .45 caliber Taurus handgun in the pickup, as well as a marijuana cigarette and a Subutec pill.

Aside from the meth trafficking, gun possession and tampering charges, Wilson was arraigned Monday in Sessions Court for driving while in possession of meth, simple possession of marijuana, simple possession of Schedule III narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, light law violation and no insurance. 

He remains held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond pending a preliminary hearing set for Feb. 3. 

At the time of his arrest, Wilson was free on bond from a Hawkins County arrest in June on charges of misdemeanor theft and domestic assault. He is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on Feb. 12 on those charges. 

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