Two jailed following Saturday traffic stop

Two people were arrested following a traffic stop on Saturday in Clinton. Clinton Police Officer Jennifer Hutchins was on routine patrol on Buffalo Road Saturday morning shortly after 8:45 am when she was passed by a car with its windows tinted beyond the legal limit. She initiated a traffic stop and the car pulled over in the parking lot of the Hardee’s on Buffalo Road.

The driver was soon identified as Charles Messamore and found to have an active warrant for his arrest in Anderson County, while his passenger and the car’s owner, Ashley O’Donnell, was found to have a warrant out of Knox County.

Hutchins asked Messamore to exit the vehicle and when he opened the door, reported she saw a gun holster next to the driver’s seat, problematic because the records check revealed he was a convicted felon and state law prohibits felons from carrying firearms. Messamore told Hutchins he “wasn’t sure” if there was a gun in the car, but did say there was hypodermic needle by his seat.

O’Donnell then exited the vehicle, told Hutchins she was unaware of a gun in the car and admitted to having needles in her purse because she was an IV drug user.

During a subsequent search, officers found a pistol in between the passenger seat and center console, as well as a backpack containing over 44 grams of a substance believed to be meth, as well as digital scales used to measure drugs for resale.

Messamore was read his rights and told Officer Hutchins that the gun was his and that while he would “take full responsibility” for the drugs found in the car, they actually belonged to his cousin, who they had “just dropped off.”

O’Donnell, meanwhile, being interviewed apart from Messamore, told investigators he had placed the gun where it was found as he was being pulled over, and that no one else, including Messamore’s “cousin,” had been in the car with them that morning.

Messamore was charged with the manufacture, delivery or sale of meth, driving while in possession of meth, unlawfully possessing a weapon and the original window tint violation, along with the active warrant for his arrest, and booked into the Anderson County Jail. O’Donnell was arrested and held for Knox County authorities.

Ashley O’Donnell

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Charles Messamore

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MFG/DEL/SALE/POSS METHAPHETAMINE5000
WEAPON, UNLAWFUL CARRY, TO GO ARMED3000
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VIOLATION TINT LAW0

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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