Investigators bust reckless driver for drugs, weapon

Published 2:13 pm Monday, February 19, 2018

Friday afternoon, Bainbridge Public Safety Investigators Chip Nix and Larry Funderburke pulled over a vehicle for reckless driving, leading to the arrest of a drug dealer and parolee.

Toccara Herring, 34, was driving his vehicle into town when Nix and Funderburke noticed him weaving on the road. The investigators turned on their lights to signal for Herring to pull over. As he started to pull over, he jumped the curve and was all over the roadway, Funderburke said. He eventually stopped in the parking lot of Tristate Office Products.

As Nix and Funderburke approached the car, they immediately smelled the strong odor of marijuana and recognized Herring from years back. Funderburke said they had arrested Herring before for robbery and assault, among other things.

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Nix and Funderburke arrested Herring and asked him if he had anything illegal on him. Herring told the officers he had marijuana on him along with meth in his vehicle. He also had a pistol.

Funderburke returned to Herring’s vehicle and found the drugs and pistol. Because of the packaging, Herring was arrested with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

He was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm by convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.