Two arrested in separate drug-related incidents in Carroll County

New River Valley News

CARROLL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Authorities in Carroll County say the same deputy arrested two men over the weekend on drug charges after pulling those men over for violations.

According to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy pulled over 44-year-old Joseph Scott Chaffman of Galax, on Route 58 near Woodlawn on Saturday, Sept. 18.

When the deputy approached the vehicle, they could smell alcohol. After conducting a DUI investigation, the deputy determined Chaffman had consumed alcohol; however, he wasn’t determined to be impaired.

Chaffman later gave consent to the deputy to search the vehicle. During that search, the deputy found drug paraphernalia as well as a handgun.

As the investigation continued, the deputy was able to confirm that Chaffman was a convicted felon. He was then placed under arrest.

Chaffman was taken to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, where he was charged with possession of a firearm while being a convicted felon. He received a secured bond of $1,000 and was taken to the New River Valley Regional Jail.

In a separate incident, the same deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Sunday, Sept. 19, on a vehicle for a violation that took place in the area of Locust Street in Hillsville.

Christopher Todd Kirby (Image courtesy of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.)

The driver refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated.

The driver went west on Route 58 at speeds of 40-55 mph. He ultimately made a right turn on Old Galax Pike and turned into the Circle K parking lot.

He was detained at the scene and told the deputy that he ran because he did not have a valid driver’s license.

As the deputy finished an inventory of the vehicle, before being towed, the deputy found a substantial amount of what was thought to have been methamphetamine.

The driver, 42-year-old Christopher Todd Kirby of Max Meadows, was arrested and was taken to the New River Valley Regional Jail, where he is being held without bond.

Kirby was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, as well as eluding law enforcement.

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