NEWCOMB, TN (WLAF) – On July 29, Campbell County Sheriff’s Lt. Nathaniel Bostic saw a blue Dodge Neon leaving a home on Newcomb School Rd in Newcomb. Bostic knew the man behind the wheel had a suspended driver’s license. The vehicle turned onto Hwy 297 and traveled west into Hicks Cemetery and made a loop back onto Hwy 297 and park on the edge of the roadway, according to a report from the sheriff’s office.

The driver of the Dodge stepped out of the car and walked around it. Bostic then saw the driver, identified as Derrick James Lay, bend over in front the car while he was pulling in behind him. He then saw Lay allegedly throw an item into the grass. Bostic walked over to the grassy area near where Lay was standing and allegedly saw a clear plastic baggie with a crystal-like substance inside of it laying on the ground. A pat down of Lay revealed several knives, and a check of his license confirmed that his license was still suspended, the report said.

Lay, 41, 261 Newcomb School Rd, Newcomb was charged with driving while suspended, revoked or cancelled drivers license, driving while in possession of Methamphetamine and possession of schedule II controlled substance. Based on jail records, Lay is due in court today. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/09/2022-6AM)