Two brothers were arrested this week after a routine traffic stop.
According to a news release from the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, while on patrol on Hwy. 66 around 5 p.m. Tuesday, Deputy Nick Capps was following a Pontiac Grand Am occupied by two males. The Grand Am swerved to the shoulder and Capps contacted Bell County Dispatch for information on the vehicle tag.
Dispatch notified Capps that the tag was cancelled due to failure to maintain insurance. Capps then initiated a traffic stop on the Grand Am along Hwy. 66 at what is known as Pig Warren’s grocery store.
The release states that Capps approached the vehicle and the driver, Donnie Fuston, 48, of Pineville, stepped out as if to pump gas at the station. Capps explained to Fuston that he was being stopped due to his cancelled tags. Fuston insisted he had insurance and everything was legal. Fuston, now on the passenger side of the vehicle, reach in the window to the glove box and began looking for his insurance. Capps then noticed a pill bottle labeled Gabapentin with three different types of medication inside, “along with a baggy of some sort.”
Capps then requested assistance from the Pineville Police Department and had Donnie Fuston sit on the curb. According to the release, he then asked the passenger, Donnie’s brother John Fuston, to exit the vehicle. As John Fuston got out he fled on foot around the store twice before jumping off the ledge into the river behind the business.
While John Fuston was crossing the river, Capps radioed Pineville Assistant Chief Kyle Dunn and Bell County Deputy Lt. Dan Tuttle to apprehend John Fuston in the Dorton Branch. He was taken into custody by Lt. Tuttle moments later with assistance by Dunn.
A further search of the pill bottle by Capps revealed the baggy contained a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine.
Donnie Fuston was arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center and charged with illegal possession of a legend drug; first-degree possession of controlled substance – methamphetamine; no registration plates; and he was served an outstanding failure to appear warrant.
John Fuston, 38, of Pineville, was also lodged in the Bell County Detention Center and charged with first-degree trafficking controlled substance, first offense – greater than two grams of methamphetamine; second-degree trafficking controlled substance, first offense – over 20 dosage units barbiturate; third-degree trafficking controlled substance, first offense – over 20 dosage units drug unspecified; and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.