A couple were arrested on drug charges including Manufacturing Methamphetamine after a traffic stop that occurred Friday morning north of Somerset.
In addition to that charge, Christopher Austin McKee, 41, of Science Hill; and Danielle Renea Domanik, 35, of Somerset, have each been charged with first-degree Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) and Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug.
The charges stem from an incident at occurred just after 11 a.m. Friday. According to McKee's arrest citation, Pulaski County Deputy Sheriff Marcus Harrison observed a black 2005 Saturn Ion traveling on U.S. 27 "in a careless manner."
"[It] nearly struck the driver side of my patrol car as he was turning onto Highway 1674," Dep. Harrison reported. "I also observed the back window heavily taped and saran wrapped that would obstruct vision,"
The deputy activated his lights and sirens for a traffic stop but the vehicle continued to the intersection of Ky. 1674 and Ky. 3091, where it turned right. The sedan then turned left onto Breezy Hill Drive and finally stopped.
McKee, who was driving according to the citation, informed Dep. Harrison that his operator's license was currently suspended and produced an expired insurance card. When the deputy ran McKee's information, he was advised by Pulaski County 911 that the man was also wanted on an active parole board warrant.
By this time, Dep. Zach Mayfield had arrived to assist. While placing McKee in handcuffs, Dep. Harrison noticed a white pill in the center of the dash as well as a large machete lying between the driver's seat and door. Speaking with Domanik, McKee's passenger, the officers began to search the vehicle upon learning "that there should be needles inside," according to the citation.
The search uncovered "several containers that contained a large amount of pills" -- one of which had Trazodone. Another pill container carried a white crush substance which tested positive as methamphetamine in a field test conducted by agents with the Lake Cumberland Drug Task Force. In the car's truck, Dep. Harrison found a black bag which contained clear tubing, a box of ammonia nitrate, pseudoephedrine boxes and blister packs, a clear bag suspected to have the white bi-product of manufacturing methamphetamine, camp fuel, a white substance used to cut meth, and coffee filters. Also found in the Saturn were two sets of digital scales as well as a small amount of marijuana that was inside a purple and pink mirror.
In addition to the charges shared with Domanik, McKee was arrested on the parole warrant as well as being charged with Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Drug Paraphernalia -- Deliver/Manufacture, Careless Driving, Failure on Non-Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Operating on a Suspended/Revoked License and Obstructed Vision and/or Windshield.
Dep. Mayfield placed Domanik in custody. She was additionally charged with Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia -- Buy/Possess.
In addition to LCADTF, Lieutenant Jon Williams of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene.
Both McKee and Domanik were to be arraigned in Pulaski District Court on Monday. Court records indicated that McKee pleaded not guilty to charges and has been scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 19. Further information for Domanik was not available at press time.