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William Buchanan, 36, of Country Meadow Drive, was in the parking lot of the Mapco at Stewarts Ferry Pike and McCrory Creek Road at 1 p.m. holding a plastic gas can asking passer-byers for money, said police.
Buchanan had cut out a portion of the gas can and hid a loaded .357 pistol inside, added police.
Hermitage resident Christopher Smith, 25, told police officers that he was standing outside of his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when Buchanan approached and asked for cash. Smith declined to gove Buchanan any money and told him move on, noted police. Smith’s response angered Buchanan to the point where he pulled out his pistol and ordered Smith into the truck, detailed officers in a statement.
Smith’s friend, Kerry Anderson, 31, was already in the passenger seat. Smith was forced to sit in the middle as Buchanan, gun still in hand, got behind the wheel and drove off, according to police.
Two Metro Police Officers were in prime position and noticed a struggle inside the truck. The officers hit their lights and sirens and got behind the truck as it pulled over onto the shoulder of McCrory Creek Road. Buchanan tossed the pistol out of the window and was placed under arrest.
During questioning by Metro Detectives, Buchanan admitted to hanging around the parking lots of gas stations asking for money. He indicated the victims in this case made him angry by not giving him any cash.
Buchanan is being held on $150,000 bond.
Buchanan is no stranger to Metro Police. In January Buchanan was arrested on three felony drug charges and was out after posting $15,000 bond. He also has two other DUI arrest on record.
Tuesday, March 12 2013, 11:31 PM CDT
Union County DUI stop turns up 300 pounds of pot
May 20, 2013 11:54 GMT
MAYNARDVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Union County Sheriff's Office deputies say the truck appeared to be driven by someone under the influence and they stopped it.
Inside, officers found more than 300 pounds of marijuana.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/11QgEX9 ) reported authorities arrested 26-year-old Martin Urrutia Olmedo of Knoxville on Saturday morning. Olmedo was held without bond, pending a Thursday scheduled court appearance.
Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Butcher said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is also looking into the arrest in which Olmedo was charged with drug, DUI and driving violations.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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