Dispatch sent an Adairsville Police officer to a commercial site at 7502 Adairsville Highway on Saturday morning at around 7:50 about two males attempting to steal a trailer. While en route, the officer noticed a blue Ford Explorer leaving that address traveling west on State Route 140 in the eastbound lanes. The Explorer turned into Bank OZK while the officer turned onto Cass Street, resulting in the Explorer pulling out in front of the officer.
After the Explorer came to a stop, the officer exited the patrol vehicle. The officer began to approach the Explorer when the passenger, 50-year-old Christopher Gary Holland of Rockwood Tennessee, got out of the Explorer and began slowly walking to the rear of the vehicle. The officer drew his service weapon and told Holland to show his hands, to which he complied. The officer holstered his weapon and told Holland to place his hands on the top of the vehicle and keep them there. When asked if he had any weapons on him, Holland stated that he wasn’t sure and attempted to put his hands in his pockets. While the officer was attempting to pat down Holland, Holland once again removed his hands from the vehicle. Holland was then placed in handcuffs.
Another officer with the Adairsville Police Department then arrived on the scene. While patting down Holland, officers found methamphetamine in his right front pocket. Officers then removed the clear plastic baggie containing 28.8 grams of the substance.
The officer then made contact with the driver identified as 51-year-old Joseph Mitchell Reames Jr. of Clarksville Tennessee. As the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed that Reames had already placed about four knives on top of the Explorer above the driver’s side door. The officer asked Reames to exit the vehicle and Reams was then patted down for weapons. Reames was then placed in handcuffs and the officer had him stand with the other officers on the scene. An officer asked Reames if he had any weapons in the SUV, to which he responded he had a Smith and Wesson in the SUV. Officers then looked in the passenger side of the vehicle and found a revolver and a Smith and Wesson M&P in between the passenger seat and center console. Both Reames and Holland were placed in the back seat of the patrol vehicle.
The officer then began to transport them to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office. While in transit, the officer noticed that Holland had slumped over in the seat against the door and was not responding. He then notified Bartow 911 of his location and requested EMS to check out Holland. The officer pulled Holland out of the patrol car and attempted to give him water while waiting for the EMS to arrive. Holland was then released to EMS to be assessed further. The officer then transported Reames to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office without any further incident.
Reames and Holland received multiple charges including possession of tools for the commission of a crime, felony theft by taking, possession of a firearm during the commission of certain crimes, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and trafficking in methamphetamine.