KNOXVILLE– On September 27, 2019, Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Interdiction Plus (IP) Trooper Kevin Stroup stopped a vehicle on I-75 in Monroe County for a traffic violation.  As Trooper Stroup interviewed the driver, he began to notice signs of deception. Interdiction Plus (IP) Sergeant Carll Duryea responded to the scene and assisted with the traffic stop. The troopers requested and were granted consent to search the vehicle.

During the search, the driver fled on foot, crossing the interstate median and into the woods. Both troopers immediately gave chase on foot. After an extensive search of the wooded area, the subject escaped apprehension. Further search of the vehicle revealed a backpack hidden under the floor in the trunk. The backpack contained approximately 4.4 pounds of crystal meth, 1.3 pounds of cocaine, and three pounds of marijuana.

Troopers were able to confirm the identity of the subject as 28-year-old Silvester Loyal from Atlanta, Georgia. Criminal Investigators with THP’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID) responded to assist. Warrants have been taken out and are on file for Silvester Loyal. The charges include possession of felony meth, cocaine, and marijuana trafficking, evading arrest, and other traffic offenses.

If anyone has information that will aid in the apprehension of Loyal, please contact the Tennessee Highway Patrol at 1-800-490-3490, attention Interdiction Plus (IP) Trooper Kevin Stroup.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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