Hawkins Police Blotter: Taillight violation leads to three people charged with meth, marijuana trafficking

Jeff Bobo • May 24, 2020 at 1:30 PM

KINGSPORT — A traffic stop early Monday morning of a vehicle with only one working taillight on West Stone Drive resulted in three people charged with meth and marijuana trafficking and the confiscation of a pistol.

Around 12:43 a.m., Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Casey Carter pulled over a red Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Joshua David Greer, 33, Rogersville. The passengers in the vehicle were identified as Claude Everett Mosley Jr., 50, Kingsport, and Angela Marie Falin, 32, Duffield.

Deputies allegedly located 135 grams of marijuana, nine grams of meth, scales, ziplock bags, various items of drug paraphernalia, and a loaded .40-caliber pistol.

During the traffic stop, officers discovered that Greer was driving on a suspended license and Mosley had given a false name. Mosley, who has a previous felony conviction for reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, attempted to flee on foot, but was taken into custody. 

All three were charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Greer was additionally charged with driving on a suspended license and driving while in possession of meth. Mosley was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, evading arrest, and criminal impersonation.

High speed chase with wanted man

Brandon Philip Surplis, 32, 165 Pinhook Road, Rogersville, was arrested on May 19 following a high speed chase and foot pursuit in Rogersville on multiple charges including felony evading arrest, evading arrest by foot, and driving on a revoked license ninth offense.

Rogersville Police Department Office Cambren Gibson reportedly spotted Surplis, whom he knew to have multiple pending arrest warrants,  driving on West Main Street in a 1994 Ford Mustang. Gibson pursued Surplis to Jarvis Road where he attempted a traffic stop, but Surplis allegedly fled north on Petersburg Road and then onto Pinhook Road, where he fled on foot.

Gibson said he deployed his Taser on Surplis during the foot chase before taking him into custody. Surplis was subsequently served with three outstanding warrants for probation violation.

Meth reportedly in driver’s blood after crash

Brytnei Kay Pintze, 30, 103 Knights Road, Rogersville, was arrested on May 18 and charged with reckless aggravated assault, DUI, possession of meth, failure to exercise due care, and no insurance stemming from an Aug. 13, 2019 crash on Goshen Valley Road. 

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Anthony Bull stated on the warrant that a Nissan Murano driven by Pintze crossed the center on a straight section of road, ran off the left side, and struck a utility pole. Her passenger, Angela Albritton, reportedly suffered serious injuries that required immediate surgery.

Hospital personnel reportedly found a baggie of meth in the possession of Pintze and Albritton. Bull obtained a search warrant for Pintze’s blood taken by the hospital for medical reasons, and a TBI toxicology report allegedly showed her to have meth in her blood. 

Six baggies of meth and 72 pills

Steven Dana Lunceford, 47, 418 Elm Springs Road, Church Hill, was arrested on May 17 and charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, driving on revoked third offense, possession of Suboxone, Xanax and Klonopin, and possession of drug paraphernalia as a result of a traffic stop on 11-W in Church Hill for no working taillights.

During the traffic stop, HCSO Sgt. Stacy Vaughan allegedly observed Lunceford attempt to conceal two pill bottles, which allegedly contained 64 Suboxone, five Xanax, and three Klonopin pills, as well as 2.5 grams of meth packaged in six individual baggies.

Vaughan also allegedly located syringes, digital scales, and two glass pipes in Lunceford’s pants pockets.

Felony pursuit through driveway, yards

Jason Michael Rauff, 18, 654 Gravely Road, Kingsport, was arrested on May 16 and charged with felony evading arrest, possession of meth with intent to deliver, driving without a license and stop sign violation as the result of a pursuit that occurred after Rauff allegedly rolled through a stop sign on Lewis Lane near Kingsport.

Deputy Dustin Winter stated in his report that when he attempted a traffic stop Rauff pulled the Hyundai Elantra he was driving into a driveway on Ripley Street, through the backyard, and back out onto the road through the yard next door. During the pursuit, Rauff suddenly stopped, shifted into reverse, and backed into Winters’ patrol car, the report states.

When Winters approached the vehicle, a female was seated in the driver’s seat, and Rauff was in the backseat. Rauff allegedly later admitted he was driving. A baggy containing 0.6 grams of meth was allegedly found in a lockbox, which Rauff reportedly stated was his.
















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