THOMASVILLE — A Thomas County Sheriff’s Office deputy looking for a vehicle that struck a fixed object encountered an unexpected situation when the driver was confronted.
In the early morning hours of Sunday, the officer was dispatched to the Dillon Road area, where it was learned a vehicle described to the deputy had struck a fixed object.
The vehicle was located about 1:30 a.m. at a U.S. 319 service station/convenience store. Melissa Christian Pendarvis, 37, 277 Old Boston Road, was the driver.
“The deputy knew the driver from past dealings,” said Kevin Lee, Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division commander.
When Pendarvis talked to the deputy, it appeared something was in her mouth.
Said Lee, “The deputy ordered (Miss) Pendarvis to spit, which she did.”
In her mouth Pendarvis had a plastic wrap of methamphetamine and a Schedule IV drug — Clonazepam, an anti-anxiety medication. Lee said the suspect had 1 1/2 pills of the drug in her mouth.
“These items were recovered by the deputy,” the commander explained.
The suspect is charged with methamphetamine possession, possession of a Schedule IV drug and driving while license suspended/revoked.
Bond was set at $4,100, but Pendarvis remains behind bars at the Thomas County Jail on a probation violation charge. She was on probation for a forgery conviction.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.