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Things got wild at the Waffle House on Murfreesboro Pk during the post-bar rush on Saturday morning. It seems the security guard working at the waffle house got so nosy, that at 2 AM he starting looking INSIDE the cars parked in the parking lot. Yep, security guard Tyler Hicks, who is there to protect the patrons inside the waffle house, was outside peeping in your cars. BUT WAIT, there’s more! – when Tyler Hicks saw a small bag of what he assumed was marijuana inside the driver’s seat of a silver Dodge Charger, and what he believed to be a scale in the arm rest, he called metro police to report he could see weed in a car. Someone give his man a medal.

Tyler Hicks, Waffle House Security Guard

When it was all said and done, the car belonged to an employee, David Sligh, 29, that was inside the Waffle House working his shift. He had no prior charges – and now faces drug paraphernalia, possession, possession w/intent (SCH II), and felony controlled substance charges.

According to the police report:

ON 03/10/2018 AT APPROXIMATELY 0240 OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE WAFFLE HOUSE LOCATED AT 816 MURFREESBORO PK REGARDING NARCOTICS THAT WERE IN PLAIN VIEW LOCATED INSIDE A SILVER DODGE CHARGER (TN Z5487U) BY A SECURITY GUARD, MR. TYLER HICKS, WHO HAD BEEN WALKING THROUGH THE PARKING LOT.

IN PLAIN VIEW:

  • A SMALL ZIPLOC BAG CONTAINING WHAT LOOKED LIKE MARIJUANA IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT
  • A SMALL PLASTIC BAG OF WHAT APPEARED TO BE MARIJUANA IN THE CENTER CONSOLE
  • A SCALE IN PLAIN VIEW ON THE CENTER ARM REST
  • AND A PARTIALLY BURNED BLUNT IN THE CENTER CONSOLE.

OFFICERS RAN THE TN TAG ON THE VEHICLE THROUGH THE STATE DATABASE WHICH CAME BACK TO MR. DAVID SLIGH (DEFENDANT). OFFICERS LOCATED THE DEFENDANT WORKING INSIDE THE WAFFLE HOUSE AND REQUESTED TO SPEAK WITH HIM. OFFICERS ASKED THE DEFENDANT IF THE VEHICLE IN QUESTION WAS HIS PRIOR TO MENTIONING ANY OF THE CONTENTS THAT COULD BE SEEN FROM THE OUTSIDE. THE DEFENDANT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS HIS AND AFTER OFFICERS AND THE DEFENDANT APPROACHED THE VEHICLE HE OPENED THE DRIVER’S DOOR.

OFFICERS STATED TO THE DEFENDANT THAT WHAT APPEARED TO BE NARCOTICS COULD BE SEEN FROM THE OUTSIDE. THE THE DEFENDANT STATED THAT “YA I SMOKE WEED,” OPENED THE DRIVER’S DOOR AND PICKED UP THE SMALL ZIPLOC BAG OF MARIJUANA AND THE PARTIALLY SMOKED BLUNT ADMITTING THAT THE NARCOTICS WERE HIS.

THE DEFENDANT WAS MIRANDIZED AT 0314 AND AGREED TO SPEAK WITH OFFICERS. THE DEFENDANT STATED THAT WAS ALL THAT WAS IN THE VEHICLE AND OFFICERS STATED TO HIM THAT THERE WAS ANOTHER BAG OF WHAT APPEARED TO BE MARIJUANA IN THE CENTER CONSOLE AND A SCALE ON THE CENTER ARM REST. THE DEFENDANT STATED TO OFFICERS THAT HE “DIDN’T WANT TO CATCH A CHARGE” AND THAT HE “WANTED TO GET THIS TAKEN CARE OF.”

OFFICERS ASKED HIM IF THERE WAS ANYTHING ELSE IN THE VEHICLE AND THE DEFENDANT STATED THAT THE ONLY OTHER THING IN THE VEHICLE WAS “THE RED BUCKET” AND POINTED TO A RED PLASTIC BUCKET, WHICH CONTAINED THREE SMALLER BAGGIES OF MARIJUANA, ON THE DRIVER’S SIDE FLOOR BOARD AND WAS SITTING NEXT TO A SILVER MARIJUANA GRINDER. OFFICERS WEIGHED THE MARIJUANA THAT WAS IDENTIFIED BY THE DEFENDANT AT THE SCENE WITH AN APPROXIMATE WEIGHT OF 45.8 GRAMS.

WHILE OFFICERS WEIGHED THE MARIJUANA, OFFICER JACOB WEST ASKED THE SUBJECT FOR A CONSENSUAL SEARCH OF HIS PERSON TO WHICH THE DEFENDANT AGREED. A SEARCH OF THE DEFENDANT REVEALED A SMALL BAG OF POWDERY WHITE SUBSTANCE IN HIS FRONT RIGHT POCKET AND TWO PILLS IN HIS SHIRT BREAST POCKET. OFFICERS IDENTIFIED THE PILLS AS GABAPENTIN, FOR WHICH, THE DEFENDANT WAS UNABLE TO PRODUCE A PRESCRIPTION. THE WHITE POWDERY SUBSTANCE WAS FIELD TESTED AND TESTED POSITIVE FOR COCAINE IN THE AMOUNT OF 4.3 GRAMS.

David Sligh is out on bond, and will appear in court on 03/19/18.

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