According to police, an officer arrived at the scene of a vehicle crash at the intersection of Third and Offnere streets on Monday. Officers identified the driver of the at-fault vehicle as Larry Hamilton, but as police attempted to identify the passenger in Hamilton's vehicle, he tried to walk away from them. The passenger was asked to stop and sit in the grass. He told the officer he did not have any identification, but provided his name - Clinton Suttles, 27, of 7286 Ky. 784, in South Shore, Ky.
It was discovered both Hamilton and Suttles had arrest warrants at the Scioto County Sheriff's Office.
Suttles reportedly kept trying to turn from the officer and kept "messing with his waist band." During a search of Suttles, officers discovered his Kentucky state ID and a prescription bottle tucked into his waist band; inside the bottle were 14 30-milligram Oxycodone pills and one Xanax tablet. The bottle had a partial label for Zyrtec on it, but no name on the prescription label.
Suttles told police he had a prescription for Oxycodone and said the rest of the pills were at his residence, and they could call to verify that information. When police asked for a phone number to call, Suttles then told them he had washed the pills in his laundry and they all were gone. He reportedly told police he got the pills from a pain clinic in Florida, because no local doctor would treat him. He said he was given 240 30-milligram Oxycodone, 90 15-milligram Oxycodone and 90 Xanax tablets. He then gave police his father's phone number to corroborate his story.
Officers called Suttles' father, who told them that he and his wife had 16 blue tablets that were not in a bottle.
Also during their search of Suttles, police found receipts for Florida state IDs, issued on July 24 and again on July 25. Suttles reportedly told police he had to go back on the 25th, because he had given the wrong address the first time. Police also found documents in Suttles' wallet indicating drug quantities and dollar amounts for the drugs.
Suttles was arrested for the local warrant and also on charges of trafficking in drugs. He was taken to Scioto County Jail. It also was discovered Greenup County (Ky.) also has a warrant for Suttles, for failure to appear.
There were no arrest or accidents reports filed against Hamilton at Portsmouth Police Department, and no record of him being picked by Scioto County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday.
RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 235.