After a Fort Payne police officer recognized a man driving without a license Friday, a subsequent investigation led to two drug arrests, according to Police Chief Randy Bynum.
Lt. Nick Brown observed a man he knew had a revoked license driving a black Honda. When Brown turned around in an attempt to catch up with the man, he accelerated and made several turns to avoid the officer. Patrolman Dalton Veal came to the area in an attempt to locate the driver and found the vehicle in the 600 block of Gault Ave North, parked behind a residence.
Officers saw a man standing in the yard of the residence, identifying him as 56-year-old Phillip Dale Prewett of Fort Payne. Prewett told officers that the driver had ran.
After talking to Prewett, officers suspected there were illegal drugs present. Brown and Veal searched the vehicle with consent from the owners, and found methamphetamine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, syringes and spice residue.
The Honda’s driver, Christopher Adam Berry, 40, of Fort Payne, and Prewett were arrested. Prewett was charged with distribution of a controlled substance, two charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Berry was charged with distribution of a controlled substance, two charges of possession of a controlled substance, attempting to elude and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were transferred to the DeKalb County Detention Center.
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