Driver denies meth possession

Published 6:50 pm Saturday, October 20, 2012

A local has pleaded not guilty to charges that officers allegedly found methamphetamine in his possession.

Tavarius Dontae Pitchford, 31, of Austin, pleaded not guilty to felony first-degree drug sale and felony second-degree drug possession, along with gross misdemeanor driving after revocation and giving a false name to an officer, a misdemeanor.

According to the Mower County Court complaint, police arrested Tavarius Dontae Pitchford, 31, of Austin, after an officer saw him parked at an angle to the curb at 3 a.m. The officer noticed Pitchford reaching for the passenger side of the car and acting strangely as the officer approached the vehicle, according to the complaint.

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A second officer assisted and recognized Pitchford, who was driving after revocation — inimical to public safety. After the officers arrested Pitchford, they allegedly saw a white grocery bag in the center console that appeared to have a white substance inside of it. According to the complaint, it contained 12 grams of meth.

Pitchford’s next court appearance is set for Feb. 8.