2 arrested when officers attempt to serve warrant at home

Published 9:44 am Thursday, March 22, 2018

Two individuals were arrested Tuesday during an incident where officers attempting to serve a warrant at a county home found themselves in a brief standoff, however, neither individual was the person officers were searching for at the residence.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Morgan Ashley Stough, 20, of 104 Sneed Hill Road, Tuesday morning and charged her with possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of Schedule II drugs (methamphetamine), and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies also arrested Terry Lee Teaster, 26, of 2736 Siam Road, Elizabethton, on an outstanding warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on a charge of driving on a suspended license.

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According to court documents, deputies went to a home on Charity Hill Road Tuesday to attempt to serve an arrest warrant. As officers arrived on the scene, one of the deputies saw a white male subject run from the side of the yard into the garage.

A drug investigator with the Sheriff’s Office said he went into the garage and encountered Stough, who was sitting in a chair next to a makeshift table.

“The garage door was wide open and Ms. Stough was handcuffed and detained as officers attempted to locate the fleeing suspect whom there was an active warrant on,” the investigator said in the affidavit of complaint against Stough. “As officers searched the house the male subject barricaded himself inside the house in an upstairs (left front) bedroom.”

The investigator said he asked Stough who was inside the house and she responded that she did not know. The investigator said he showed her a photograph of the male subject officers were looking for and asked if he was inside the home and she responded that he was inside.

“The barricaded subject surrendered to law enforcement after a brief standoff and was identified as Terry Teaster,” the investigator said.

While there was an active arrest warrant charging Teaster with failure to appear, the investigator said Teaster was not the subject officers were looking for at the residence. Officers searched the house, but the suspect they were looking for was not found.

After securing the residence, the investigator said he searched the immediate area around where Stough was sitting when he first saw her. The investigator said he found several items of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, and a loaded 380 automatic pistol.

Stough appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court on Wednesday morning where she reached a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office regarding the charges.

Stough entered a guilty plea to the charges of possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of Schedule II drugs (methamphetamine). The possession of drug paraphernalia charge was dismissed as part of the agreement. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. ordered Stough to pay a total of $800 in fines as well as court costs and to serve 30 days in jail.