Stop to help stranded motorist ends up in 2 arrests


DORTON, Ky. (KT) - A Kentucky State Police trooper who stopped in an attempt to assist a potentially stranded motorist in Dorton Monday evening allegedly located 36 grams of crystal methamphetamine, resulting in the arrests of men from Madison and Estill counties, the Appalachian News-Express reported.

According to the citation written by KSP Trooper Colt Stumbo, he noticed a vehicle on the shoulder of U.S. 23, with the engine running around 9:30 p.m. Monday and, thinking the driver may need assistance, stopped and made contact with two individuals.

Stumbo identified the driver as Jason Clemmons, 33, of Irvine, and the passenger as Johnathon Welty, 27, of Richmond. Both Clemmons and Welty were “very nervous ... sweating ... and (Welty) began to give statements that were not making sense,” the citation said. Clemmons, Stumbo wrote, “did not appear to be in control of his muscle movements,” including that Clemmons was unable “to follow stimulus” to complete testing.”

Consent was obtained from Clemmons to search the vehicle, the citation said.

During a search, troopers located approximately 36 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle, as well as other items “that would support sales” of the drug including scales, money and baggies, the citation said.


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