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Two arrests: Underwood for theft, Powell for drugs

Roxanna Powell (left) and Jacob Underwood

Dec. 3, 2018 – The Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department (SCSD) made arrests over the weekend in two separate cases, charging Roxanna Powell, 25, of Whitwell, with possession of Schedule II and Sched. IV drugs, and Jacob Underwood, 21, of Dunlap, with multiple charges including car theft.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, at 9:40 p.m., a deputy saw a car in the Mountain Valley Bank parking lot with the hood up. When he approached the occupants, their nervous behavior aroused his suspicion.

According to Detective Jason Harvey, the officer obtained consent from the driver, Richard Cooley, and passenger, Roxanna Powell, to search the vehicle.

When he was checking the female, a white pill fell out of her bra,” Harvey said Monday. “Then more pills started falling out of her bra.” A small baggy of blue pills also was found.

Powell was charged and booked into the Sequatchie County Jail, where she later bonded out. Her court date is set for Dec. 7.

Cooley was not charged, Harvey said.

On Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4:56 a.m., a deputy on patrol spotted a white Jeep on Signal Mountain that matched the description of a stolen 2014 Jeep Limited four-door, Harvey said.

The Jeep, which was traveling southbound on US 127, started to turn onto Hall Cemetery Road, but when officers turned on their lights, the driver stayed on US 127 southbound and did not stop.

Officers followed the Jeep into a residential area of Hamilton County, where the vehicle struck a guardrail, then went up a private drive into woods, where it struck a tree.

Deputies arrested Jacob Underwood and transported him to the Sequatchie County Jail, where he was charged with felony evading, theft of property, vandalism, possession of drug paraphernalia, and open container.

Underwood currently is being held without bond until his appearance in Sequatchie County General Sessions Court on Friday, Dec. 7.