A hit run and run right in front of Sweetwater Police officers led to a drug arrest early on Monday.

Officer Adam Taylor said he and other officers were at the Exxon station on Main Street just before 3 a.m. when they saw a car hit a parked car as the driver attempted to leave the parking lot.

Taylor said he stopped the car at the exit and told the driver, identified as Christopher Payne Bennett, to turn the car off and put his hands up. Taylor said Bennett ignored these commands and began to rummage around in the floorboard.

Taylor said he finally got Bennett out of the car and searched him, finding a black case in his left, interior jacket pocket, which contained a corner cut baggie with suspected meth in it.

After handcuffing Bennett, Taylor read him his rights, at which time Bennett allegedly admitted there was a glass pipe in the car. Taylor said a search of the car turned up a film container with several Alprazolam pills in it.

Bennett, 24, Hawkins Road, Sweetwater, was charged with possession of meth, three counts simple possession of Alprazolam, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license.

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