A routine warrant service by Anderson County Sheriff’s officers led to the arrest of two suspects on Monday in northeast Palestine — one of whom was jailed for additional drug-related and resisting charges.
According to reports, at about 6:44 p.m. Monday, ACSO Cpl. Gerald Kerr and Deputy Ronnie Howell went to a home on the 1700 block of FM 315 to serve an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Lesley Nicole Honeycutt for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) and failure to appear.
Upon arrival at the residence, Cpl. Kerr attempted to make contact at the front door of the residence as Howell walked to the back of the house.
“Howell observed a white male, later identified as Dillon Michael Boyette, 23, standing on the back porch,” ACSO chief Deputy Troy Black said. “He noted that Boyette appeared very nervous, agitated and was sweating profusely with nervous hand gestures and rapid speech. He was unable to focus on the conversation.”
While Howell made radio contact with Cpl. Kerr, reports stated, Boyette grabbed a cardboard box off a nearby table that appeared to contain something wrapped in foil and several black baggies.
“Boyette ran into the house and Howell followed,” Black said. “The deputy saw Boyette try to toss the black baggies under a table inside the house near the back door.”
After a brief struggle with the suspect, Howell was able to take Boyette into custody.
According to reports, while Boyette was being questioned by the officer, Honeycutt came out of a back room yelling at the two. Cpl. Kerr entered the house and detained Honeycutt.
Deputy Don Myers, who arrived at the scene to assist, was asked to locate the box thrown by Boyette and its contents, which were determined to be K2, a synthetic marijuana.
Honeycutt was arrested for the warrant, with a $5,000 bond set by Justice of the Peace Carl Davis.
Boyette’s charges and bonds includes a warrant for OWI, $3,000 bond; Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, $2,500 bond; Resisting Arrest, Search or Transportation, $2,500 bond; Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence, $3,500 bond; and Possession of a Controlled Substance-Penalty Group 2, $2,500 bond.
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