Bright headlights helped a Sweetwater man get arrested on gun charges early Saturday morning, authorities said.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Billy Littleton said it was a little after 1 a.m. when he was on Sweetwater-Vonore Road and a Nissan truck driving toward Vonore bright-lighted him, making no attempt to dim the lights, almost blinding him in the process.
Littleton said he got behind the truck and saw that the lights around the tag were not working and that the truck appeared to have no bumper, giving him cause to make a traffic stop.
The truck stopped in a driveway and Littleton found the driver to be Dustin Ross Roberts and the passenger was Jamey Frank. Roberts proved to be helpful, saying his license was suspended, which Littleton found to be true after he had dispatchers run a check.
According to arrest warrants, Roberts then told Littleton he was only driving because Frank was tired. Frank allegedly told Littleton the truck belonged to his mother and he agreed to let Littleton search it, but he said there was a shotgun in the backseat and he could not guarantee there were not other guns in the truck.
Littleton then had Roberts get out of the truck and a pat down allegedly revealed a small, plastic baggie containing a white powder in Roberts’ jacket pocket. Roberts said the jacket did not belong to him and there was a syringe in another pocket that belonged to the friend he had borrowed the jacket from.
Littleton searched the truck and Frank guided him to a white pipe between the console and the front passenger seat, but said it was not his. Littleton said Roberts told him that it was not his either, but that it may have fallen out of the jacket he had borrowed from the friend.
Littleton said he then found a .22-caliber Sig Sauer pistol with the hammer cocked back and loaded under the passenger seat where Frank had been sitting and a shotgun in the backseat.
Littleton said he read both men their rights and Frank said he knew about the shotgun but not about the pistol being in the truck, though he said his fingerprints could be on it. He also said it belonged to his stepfather. Frank also allegedly told the officer that he was a convicted felon and knew he was not supposed to be around guns.
For his part, Roberts said he knew about the shotgun but did not have any idea about the pistol.
Frank, 38, Monroe Circle, Sweetwater, was charged with unlawful carrying or possession of firearm by a convicted felon and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Roberts, 29, Big Creek Road, Madisonville, was charged with simple possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and three traffic violations.