PIONEER, TN (WLAF) – While Campbell County Sheriff Deputy Corey Laxton was assisting the Tennessee Highway Patrol with an accident on Hwy 297 last Friday, he noticed a passing vehicle smelled like marijuana.

The vehicle passed the scene of the accident twice, and Laxton noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Laxton began to follow the vehicle and noticed the right side brake light failing to function properly, according to a report from the sheriff’s department. At this point, Laxton stopped the vehicle and THP Trooper Trevor Nolan arrived to assist him.

The passenger in the vehicle had gotten out and was talking on the phone. The driver of the vehicle had also gotten out and was talking with Laxton, who was explaining the reason for the stop. When the driver was asked if there was any marijuana in the vehicle due to the odor, the driver allegedly said “no”. A search of the vehicle revealed a pill bottle under the passenger seat of the vehicle, with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana inside. Laxton asked the driver if the bottle belonged to him and he said “no”. Laxton then asked the passenger, who was later identified as David Andrew Ouimette, if it was his, he said “no”, but eventually admitted it was his. At the jail, Laxton weighed the marijuana, and it weighed six grams.

Ouimette, 48, 136 Webb Lane, Newcomb, possession of schedule VI-controlled substance and violation of probation. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/15/2019-6AM)