Man awakes to meth arrest


A Farmerville man found passed out in his vehicle behind a Downsvillechurchwasbooked into the Union Parish Detention Center on a narcotics charge.

Tanner Jay Bearden, 26, of 399 Florence Williams Rd., was found passed out in his Jeep Liberty behind Lane Chapel Church on La. Hwy. 151, by a Union Parish sheriff ’s deputy, Sheriff Dusty Gates said.

The sheriff said one of the department’s narcotics agents received a tip about Bearden’s whereabouts and he notified the deputy patrolling the area the evening of Jan. 29.

According to the sheriff, the deputy first walked around the vehicle to make sure there were no weapons in sight. There were none but what he did see a small plastic bag on Tanner’s lap containing suspected methamphetamine.

The arrest report stated that the deputy then reached through the open driver’s side window and retrieved the baggy before opening the door and awakening Tanner.

Tanner’s bail was set at $15,000 for meth possession.