A man faces drug and domestic assault charges after police allege he drove his Geo Tracker from Claylick Road to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department with a woman on the hood, leading police to find drugs in the vehicle.
Derek Alan Coon of 390 Golden Drive, Ripley, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and domestic assault, according to a criminal complaint filed by Cpl. J. Hart of the Ripley Police Department.
At 10:38 p.m. on June 19, the Jackson County 911 center received a call about a vehicle driving on Main Street with a person on the hood. The caller stated the vehicle was last seen passing Kroger and heading east toward downtown.
Officers responded to the area to look for the vehicle. Lt. T. Roberts with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department radioed in that the Tracker had pulled into the parking lot of the sheriff’s department. Hart arrived shortly after.
Roberts questioned the female who had been on the hood, while Hart identified her through the 911 center. The female stated she was sitting on the hood of the Tracker at their home on Claylick Road when her boyfriend, Coon, started the car and took off driving, according to the complaint.
A pat down of Coon by officers produced a clear bag of suspected marijuana and a black cylinder container with a glass smoking pipe inside.
Hart and Cullen searched the Tracker and found an electronic scale in a trash bag with some clothing, as well as a black nylon bag with cash and loose red- and orange-colored pills believed to be benzodiazepines, according to the complaint. Officers found a total of five full pills and 10 halves.
In a basket with electronics, officers said they found additional loose yellow-colored pills, also believed to be benzodiazepines. A total of four pills were found, along with one half piece. Officers also found $898 in small bills.
When the officers asked Coon how the female came to be on the hood of the vehicle, he allegedly said he and the woman had been fighting for a week. According to the complaint, Coon told officers that, during an argument that day, the woman jumped on the vehicle after he had locked himself inside.
Coon allegedly drove from Claylick Road to the parking lot of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department with the woman on the hood of the Tracker, according to the complaint. Coon allegedly the officers he told the woman to get off the vehicle several times.