35-year-old Derek Ferrell was stopped by Nashville International Airport Police on April 9th at approximately 5:30 p.m., after he was observed driving erratically in an older model white Ford sedan. Inside the vehicle, police would find an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe Whiskey, a 20-gauge shotgun, 150 rounds of ammo, and drug paraphernalia.
Airport Police say they first observed the vehicle, driven by Ferrell, accelerating onto Donelson Pike, where it hit a bump in the road causing the trunk to pop open. Ferrell was speeding, making lane changes without signaling, according to Detective Bradley Kessler, who made the traffic stop alongside Detective Lueders. Upon contact with the driver, who didn’t have any registration, insurance, or identification, officers noticed the steering column was covered with a bandanna, and had been manipulated to start without a key. Ferrell was able to produce a title, but it wasn’t registered to him.
Ferrell denied consent to search the vehicle, so the detectives decided to arrest him based on his revoked driving status and lack of insurance, so they could tow and inventory the vehicle. Inside the trunk, they located body armor and two scales with drug residue on them. Also in the vehicle, detectives seized a wooden smoking pipe, another scale, and an open container of Kentucky Deluxe Whiskey. A further search of the trunk revealed a 20-gauge Savage Arms shotgun, with the stock removed and held together with electrical tape., and approximately 150 rounds of ammunition. Detectives poured out the Whiskey on the side of the road, according to a police report.
Derek Ferrell was charged with open container violation, driving on revoked license, felon in possession of a weapon, and drug paraphernalia charges, and is free on a $7,000 bond.