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Driver switcheroo tips police


SALYERSVILLE – Two were arrested early Monday morning after local law enforcement witnessed a suspicious driver switch-up.

According to the arrest citations, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Brian Tipton had a vehicle pulled over at Speedway early Monday morning when Kentucky State Police Trooper M. Haney stopped to see if he needed any assistance. 

While stopped, Haney observed the driver of another vehicle act nervously around his SUV, then get in the passenger seat. A female exited the gas station, walked to the passenger’s side, then went to the driver’s seat. 

Haney approached the vehicle and had the man, identified as Alexander Ward Patrick, 26, of West Liberty, roll down his window, noticing he had dilated pupils. While he was trying to get the two to tell him why they switched drivers, another man came out of the store and got in the back seat. 

The man in the back seat was identified as Troy Adams, 38, of Salyersville, and he had two active warrants.

After failing a field sobriety test, Patrick admitted to law enforcement he had smoked methamphetamine prior to operating the vehicle. He submitted to a blood test at Paul B. Hall Medical Center.

When Haney searched Adams prior to the arrest, he found a silver cylinder on a keychain inside the waist of his pants, containing a clear crystal substance believed to be crystal methamphetamine. Haney also found a pill bottle inside Adams’ waistline containing marijuana, seven Neurontin pills and two Suboxone pills. Adams also stated a bag found inside the vehicle was his, which contained two clear glass pipes used for smoking crystal methamphetamine, a black set of scales, a bag of hypodermic needles and several small baggies. His wallet reportedly had $105 in US currency, broken down into small bills.

Both Adams and Patrick were taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where they remain at press time. 

Adams is currently charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance (excluding alcohol); trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (greater than two grams of methamphetamine); trafficking in marijuana (less than 8 oz.) first offense; trafficking in a controlled substance, third degree, first offense (less than 20 drug units, drug unspecified); failure to notify of address change; and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.

Patrick is facing the following charges: operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs/alcohol, first offense; no registration receipt; no registration plates; failure to wear seatbelts; receiving stolen property (firearm); failure to notify of address change; and failure to register transfer of motor vehicle.

No court hearing has been scheduled in Adams’ case, but Patrick is due in court for a preliminary hearing on December 17. 

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Heather Oney

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