Bedford Police Department makes failure to maintain lane stop that leads to drug and theft arrest

BEDFORD – A Heltonville man was arrested Saturday on charges of possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, and a warrant for theft and criminal trespassing. He was also issued a citation for distracted driving.

According to a probable cause affidavit,  at 8:32 p.m. a Bedford Police officer was on patrol when he noticed a driver of a maroon Tahoe unable to maintain its lane.

The driver was talking on a cell phone. 

Phillip Tolliver

The officer stopped the driver, 45-year-old Phillip Tolliver at near 16th and S streets. 

Tolliver was wanted on a warrant and was detained. 

During a vehicle inventory, police located a container with a plastic baggie inside that contained crystal meth and prescription suboxone which Tolliver did not have a prescription for.

The warrant stems from an incident on December 18 2020, when officers were called to Walmart involving a theft. 

Police say Tolliver failed to scan and pay for hardware, automotive and grocery merchandise prior to leaving the store. 

Police say Tolliver failed to scan $258.64 before taxes worth of merchandise.

Tolliver was captured on store video stealing the items. 

The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s office and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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