Police: Meth found during routine check

Published 10:11 am Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A suspiciously parked vehicle allegedly led Austin police to a stash of methamphetamine Monday morning.

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 he approached the vehicle, according to the complaint.

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

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Pitchford was charged Tuesday with 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. His next court appearance is Oct. 18.