Three Charged After Drug Deal Doesn’t Go Down

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Three men were charged following an April 1 incident which allegedly involved an attempted drug deal.

Cody R. Burnett,5614 Hollow Springs Rd., Bradyville, has been charged with Reckless Endangerment, False Report and Misuse Of 911.

Corey W. Ferrell was charged with Evading Arrest and Driving While License Revoked (for DUI).

Christopher Shane Herrod, 4593 Sharpsville Rd., Murfreesboro, was cited for allowing an unlicensed driver (Ferrell) to drive his vehicle.

According to Cannon County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Moss, the incident began when Burnett reported that Ferrell and Herrod had stolen $70 from his wallet which he had left in his car while he was outside of the vehicle at Brown Spurlock Park. Burnett began to follow the vehicle Ferrell and Herrod where in.

Cannon County Dispatch informed Deputy Moss that Burnett said Ferrell had turned onto Hollow Springs Rd.and Deputy Moss then also turned onto Simpson Rd. He observed the vehicle in question approaching him and initiated his emergency lights in the 1300 block of Simpson Rd.

When Deputy Moss attempted to stop the vehicle, it turned into the driveway of 1385 Simpson Rd.and sped toward the residence. Deputy Moss followed closely behind and when the vehicle came to a stop Ferrell, jumped out and ran.

Deputy Moss ordered the passenger, Herrod, out of the vehicle and detained him. He then observed that Burnett had pulled his vehicle into the driveway behind the deputy’s patrol unit.

Deputy Moss then entered the woods adjacent to the property in an attempt to find Ferrell. Once in the woods he was able to locate fresh footprints and began to follow them. While tracking Ferrell, Deputy Moss heard Deputy Mike Smith call out to him and proceeded on to the residence on the other side of the woods where he found Deputy Smith had Ferrell in custody. The three then headed back to the1385 Simpson Rd. address. 

Once there, Burnett told Deputy Moss he was at the park in Woodbury and he heard a car door open. He said he looked back and saw that his car door was open and ran to his car. He said his wallet was lying in the car, but his money, $70, was missing. Burnett said he got into his car and took off after Ferrell and Herrod. Burnett said he pulled up beside the vehicle Ferrell was driving several times and tried to get him to give him his money back, but Ferrell kept pulling away.

Herrod told Deputy Moss that he was at the park with Ferrell and he left his car with Ferrell and got into a car with Burnett and Trent Jones. Herrod stated that Burnett had asked him to buy some pills for him and gave him $70. Herrod stated that he went to the “projects” and went into the front door of one of the residences and out the back door. He said he crossed a fence and Ferrell picked him up in his car. 

Herrod said he never had any intention of buying pills for Burnett, but said he kept the money because Burnett owed Ferrell money for a speaker. Herrod said Burnett chased him and Ferrell around town with his vehicle. He said Burnett pulled up beside of their vehicle at one point and stopped his vehicle in front of theirs.

Herrod showed Deputy Moss text messages on his phone from Burnett asking Ferrell to buy him pills.

Jones told Deputy Moss he was with Burnett inManchesterwhen Burnett said he needed to run to Woodbury. Jones said Burnett drove to the park in Woodbury and met Ferrell and Herrod. Jones said Herrod got into the vehicle with them and they drove to a house. Jones said Burnett gave Herrod $70 and told him to go inside and get him some pills. Jones said Herrod went in the front door and out the back door where he got into Ferrell’s vehicle. 

Upon further questioning, Burnett admitted his money had not been stolen and that he had given it to Herrod to purchase some pills.

Herrod’s vehicle, a 1993 Ford Mustang, was seized and impounded at the sheriff’s department. Burnett’s $70 was also seized.

In Cannon County General Sessions Courton April 3, Ferrell pled guilty to Driving While License Revoked. He was given a partially suspended sentence of  6 months, ordered to serve two days in jail, fined $50 and was placed on probation for 5 months, 28 days. He will also lose his license for a period to determined by the Tennessee Department of Safety. Ferrell also pled guilty to Theft Under $500. He was given a suspended sentence of 11 months, 29 days, equal time on probation (to run consecutive to the DORL sentence) and was ordered to pay court costs.

In addition to deputies Moss and Smith, deputies Brandon Gullett and Seth Perry also assisted in the investigation.

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