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Gang member faces firearms, drug charges following traffic stop

Jeff Bobo • Sep 29, 2018 at 5:30 PM

KINGSPORT — A confirmed gang member was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and meth possession Tuesday night after he reportedly made an erratic driving maneuver in Allandale, prompting a traffic stop.

Shortly before 11:30 p.m., Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stacy Vaughan reportedly spotted a westbound Chevy Equinox “make an erratic lane change” on Stone Drive and then turn left onto Netherland Inn Road.

The Eqinox then turned into the Zoomers parking lot, where Vaughan conducted a traffic stop.

The driver was identified as Judson Aaron Eremity, 35, 424 Salem St., who was confirmed by the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) to be a gang member from Knoxville.

The computer check also revealed that Eremity was convicted of attempted aggravated child abuse in 2003.

Eremity’s driver’s license was suspended, he had no insurance, and his license plate belonged on another vehicle.

Upon searching the Equinox, Vaughan allegedly located in the center console a .22-caliber handgun that had eight shells in the magazine and one in the chamber.

Vaughan also allegedly found two glass pipes and a set of digital scales on the passenger side floor, a syringe and eight bullets on the driver’s side console, and .4 grams of meth in a pill holder attached to the ignition key ring.

Eremity was arraigned Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license, no insurance and registration violation.

He was released from the Hawkins County Jail Wednesday afternoon on $3,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court again Nov. 28.

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