Ashley Melton

Melton, Ashley Danielle

Date of Booking:

Reason(s) For Booking:
Improper Lane Change/Failure to Maintain Lane

Driving while License Suspended or Revoked – 1st Offense

Officer’s Narrative:
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On 07/03/2022 at approximately 01:40 hours I, Deputy Towe conducted a traffic stop on a black in color Chevy pick-up at the intersection of Hwy 411 N and Brushtown Rd for failure to maintain lane.

I then made contact with the driver, Ashley Danielle Melton. I then asked Miss Melton if she had been drinking to which she stated no. I then asked why she was failing to maintain her lane of travel, to which she stated that there was a lot of play in the steering wheel. I then asked Miss Melton for her driver’s license. Miss. Milton stated that she did not have it on her. I then had Miss Melton write her name and birth date on my note pad.

I then had dispatch run Miss Melton through NCIC. Dispatch advised that Miss Melton’s driver license was showing to be revoked through Tennessee. I then had Miss Melton exit the vehicle. I then placed Miss Melton in handcuffs and advised her that she was under arrest. Miss Melton then began to plead with me not to take her to jail and to just follow her to her house, a request that I denied.

I then escorted Miss Melton the rear of my patrol car, where she asked me to get her two cell phones from the center console. I then returned to the vehicle to retrieve the cell phones. While getting the phones I observed a small glass vial that contained two small pieces of cotton. Through my training and experience I knew that small pieces of cotton kept in a separate container were consistent with the use of injectable narcotics.

I then returned to my patrol car and read Miss Melton her Miranda warning, to which she stated that she would speak to me without an attorney present. I the asked Miss Melton about the small pieces of cotton in the vial and if they were going to test positive for illegal narcotics. Miss Melton stated that she was unsure and that it may have belonged to a friend that she let borrow the truck. I advised Miss Melton that I was going to field test then and if the test indicated a positive result I would then would conduct a probable cause search of her vehicle.

I then conducted a field test of the cotton which gave a positive result for methamphetamine.

I then began to conduct a search of Miss Melton’s vehicle. At this time Sergeant Rhodes arrived on scene and began to assist me with the search.

The search yielded several drug related objects, a small amount of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, and several used syringes.

The vehicle was then turned over to the list wrecker, Flood’s.

I then transported Miss Melton the Murray County Detention Center where she was turned over to jail staff without incident.

All items seized from the vehicle will be submitted into evidence for destruction.

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