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Lionel Wade

Wade, Lionel Demond

Date of Booking:

Reason(s) For Booking:
DUI-Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

Possession and Use of Drug Related Objects

Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance

Officer’s Narrative:
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On 05/02/2023 at approximately 2221 hours I was traveling east on Tanners Bridge Road and passed by a construction site located at [600 BLOCK] Tanners Bridge Road. As I passed I noticed a vehicle in the construction area with its lights off and interior lights on. I turned around and called out to Dispatch I was out with a suspicious vehicle. As I was pulling into the entrance the vehicle was driving towards me with no lights on attempting to leave. I turned on my blue lights and spot light and saw two occupants up front, a female passenger and male driver.

I exited my patrol vehicle and approached the passenger window. Immediately the driver, later identified as Lionel Wade, began rambling about why they were there. He mentioned having car trouble and then stated he lived down the street and also said something about dollar general. He was talking very fast and appeared nervous. When I asked for his license, he began fidgeting around strangely. I saw something white drop to the floor near his right leg while he was looking around. He then handed me his license. I asked the passenger for her information while keeping my eyes on Mr. Wade. I saw him drop something else down to the floorboard by his right leg. At that point I suspected he was possibly hiding narcotics in the vehicle. I asked Dispatch to send me a backup unit.

I asked Mr. Wade to turn the vehicle off, which he did. I then asked him to put his hands on the steering wheel and to not move. I walked around the back of the car to get to the driver side. I kept my flashlight on him while I walked around and as soon as I stepped away from the passenger side I saw him reach down to the floorboard with his right hand. I still suspected he may be hiding narcotics but was also concerned he could be reaching for a weapon. I yelled for him to put his hands on the wheel again and he raised them. I tried opening the driver side door but it was locked. I told him to open the door and he reached for the door lock with his left hand and at the same time reached under the driver seat with his right hand and began digging around.

I became even more concerned he was reaching for a weapon so I drew my firearm and pointed it at him, yelling for him to put his hands on the steering wheel. He pulled his hands back up and I opened the door with him at gunpoint. I told him to step out of the car. He then turned and reached towards the floorboard again. I told him to put his hands up or he would be shot. He complied and put his hands up. I had him get out of the vehicle and face away from me. I told him to put his hands on the vehicle but instead he reached down to his front waistband with both hands, concealing them from my view. I pointed my Taser at the center of his back and told him he was about to be Tased. He said he was pulling his pants up, and I saw his pants had been pulled down slightly and his belt was completely undone. He finally complied and put his hands behind him and I was able to place him in handcuffs. I patted him down for weapons and none were found on his person.

I had him stand against the front fender until backup units arrived. With the driver door open, I smelled what I believed to be burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. When I asked Mr. Wade about it he said he had smoked marijuana prior to driving here. He had to be told multiple times to lean against the fender as he would keep moving around and stepping away from the car. Once Sgt. Wright arrived, I advised him I suspected Mr. Wade of driving under the influence and asked if he would investigate the DUI suspicion, he agreed and then began talking with Mr. Wade by his patrol vehicle. I asked Deputy Catapano to begin searching the vehicle and asked Deputy Crosby to pat down and ID the female passenger.

The female passenger, identified as Lykendra Sorrells, stated she had paid Mr. Wade for a ride and he was just taking her home. I asked if there was any transaction between them for sex, she denied them being together for any sort of prostitution and said she could show where she paid him for a ride home off Tanners Bridge Circle. I spoke with Deputy Catapano as he searched the vehicle. He showed me where he found a clear bag of pills in the driver door and a used glass smoking device on the driver floorboard under the seat. He said no weapons were located. Judging by where he located the pills and contraband, I believed that those items were what Mr. Wade was attempting to conceal. The pills were white and oval shaped with M523 stamped on them. They were determined to be oxycodone, a schedule II narcotic. There were 14 pills in the bag. The glass pipe appeared used; it had black residue inside of it. A small blow torch and a scale were also located inside the vehicle. Nothing else significant was located in the vehicle.

Ms. Sorrells had family waiting down the street from our location. Due to not suspecting her of a crime, she was allowed to leave. I walked over to Sgt. Wright, and he was telling Mr. Wade he was under arrest for DUI and reading him implied consent. He declined a blood test. He was placed in double locked handcuffs. He was searched after arrest and a cut off plastic straw was found in his pocket, it had a white powdery substance on the end of it. I explained Mr. Wade his Miranda Rights and he said he understood them and I asked if he would talk with me without a lawyer present and he said no. He was place in the backseat of a patrol vehicle and transported to the detention center. We contacted his girlfriend over the phone and she arrived shortly thereafter to drive his vehicle from the scene.

I took possession of the pills, glass pipe, used straw, and scale. The pills and glass pipe were placed in evidence. The scale and straw were photographed for this case and then disposed of. Warrants were taken for DUI– drugs, possession of a schedule II narcotic, and possession of a drug related object.

[End of Narrative]