CHPD successful during Labor Day weekend drunk enforcement driving

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Chapel Hill, TN – The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, resulted in several arrests and the seizure of drugs, guns, money and a vehicle.

The Chapel Hill Police Department is pleased to report that over the Labor Day Weekend officers Sgt. John Oalmann and Ofc. Dustin Elliott were successful in their efforts. On Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 Sgt. Oalmann stopped a vehicle on Nashville Hwy for traveling in the dark with no headlights on. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Patrick Roper and a check of his driver’s license revealed it was revoked. Sgt. Oalmann asked the driver to step out of the vehicle and upon a pat down two large clear bags with a white powder and rock substance believed to be cocaine fell out of the bottom of the pants. Sgt. Oalmann also recovered $364 in cash from the subject. While speaking to the passenger identified as Ashley May, Sgt. Oalmann observed a glass pipe with burn marks on it which he believed to be a crack pipe. Following a vehicle search Sgt. Oalmann and Ofc. Elliott discovered Oxycodone pills, a pill crusher and $742 in cash on the passenger. Officers impounded the vehicle, a 2015 Chevrolet Impala, and filed paperwork to seize the vehicle and the $1,106 in cash. The driver was charged with manufacturing/delivery/sale of Schedule II drugs, contraband into a penal institution, unlawful drug paraphernalia, and driving while revoked. The passenger was charged with manufacturing/delivery/sale of Schedule II Drugs and unlawful drug paraphernalia. It was also determined the driver was wanted for a warrant in Cumberland County, TN.

Roper received a $17,000 total bond, while May got a $8,500 bond for her charges.


On Sept. 3, 2017, at approximately 4:27 a.m. Ofc. Dustin Elliott was traveling west on Hwy 99 when he observed a vehicle traveling east, coming head on at him.

Ofc. Elliott was able to avoid the collision and then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. During the encounter Ofc. Elliott determined the driver to be Austin Cleek, who’s license was suspended.

During a search of the vehicle it was discovered there were two loaded firearms in the vehicle, digital scales, rolling papers and a clear bag with a green leafy residue believed to be marijuana.

Cleek was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, possession of a handgun while under the influence, driving on suspended and unlawful drug paraphernalia. His total bond was $2,500.