On Wednesday, narcotic detectives from Lamar County Sheriff’s Office and Paris Police Department observed the driver of a vehicle displaying an expired registration insignia at the intersection of West Kaufman and S.W. 7th Street. Based upon prior narcotic investigations, detectives recognized the driver of that vehicle to be Michael Wade Atteberry.
As detectives turned around to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, Atteberry accelerated and traveled east on W. Kaufman Street. Detectives activated the emergency lights as Atteberry turned south onto S.W. 5th Street. As detectives turned onto S.W. 5th Street, the suspect vehicle was observed to be on the far left side of the roadway in approximately the 200 block of S.W. 5th Street.
Atteberry came to a stop in the 400 block of S.W. 5th Street as detectives were able to catch up to him. Atteberry was given commands and refused as he reached his right hand down towards the seat. Atteberry was removed from the vehicle and placed on the ground. Atteberry was then arrested for displaying expired insignia. Atteberry was found to be in possession of a glass smoking pipe that contained methamphetamine residue along with approximately $800 in currency.
Detectives know that it is common for subjects in possession of contraband will attempt to evade authorities until they can throw that contraband from the vehicle before contact is made. The area where Atteberry was observed to be driving on the far left side of the roadway was searched by detectives.
During the search detectives located a black bag that contained a digital scale, plastic bag with approximately 30 grams of methamphetamine, and a pink drinking straw. The street value of the methamphetamine seized has a street value of approximately $3,000. Atteberry was arrested for Displaying Expired Insignia, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and MAN/DEL CS PG1, between 4 grams-200 grams.