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Wreck leads to meth arrest
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David Clifton Perry

A motor vehicle crash has led to a meth arrest after a witness noticed one of the passengers in the crash hiding something in a bush. 

“It was a fluke,” said state trooper Rodney Whiles of the circumstances surrounding the arrest. “I got about an ounce and a half of meth off a passenger.” 

Charged is David Clifton Perry, 55, of Warren County.

The crash occurred in Morrison at the intersection of Highway 55 and South Mill Street on Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. 

According to Whiles, Perry was traveling in a Chevy Silverado driven by Toni Shockley, 53. 

“She was heading southbound on South Mill Street and trying to cross Highway 55,” said Whiles. “She pulled out right in front of Mr. Rickey Hobbs.”

Hobbs, 39, was driving a Ford F-250 and heading eastbound on Highway 55 in the direction of McMinnville. The Ford struck the Chevy on its passenger side. 

After the first call reporting the crash was received by 911 dispatch, a second call was received. This one was a witness who allegedly saw Perry discard something in a bush at the intersection prior to the trooper’s arrival on scene.

Whiles declined to comment further on the criminal case, but in the arrest warrant against Perry, which was written by Whiles, it said, “I recovered the bag. The bag contained 1.4 ounces of methamphetamine, baggies, scale and spoon.”

Perry was charged with possession of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

No serious injuries were reported due to the crash.

Shockley was cited for failure to exercise due care and no insurance.