Roane County sheriffs deputies arrested a Calhoun man on meth charges after a traffic stop and scuffle, according to Spencer Newspapers.

Richard E. Conley, 55, of Country Lanes, Mt. Zion, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, obstructing an officer and resisting arrest. He was taken to Central Regional Jail and released on $15,000 bail.

Sgt. Mike King said he discovered Conley's vehicle partially blocking Johnson Creek Rd. about 2 a.m., sticking his head out the window and yelling.

Sgt. King, in a criminal complaint, said when he approached Conley he detected a strong odor of meth.

When Sgt. King told Conley to step out of the vehicle, he grabbed a torch bottle in the vehicle, after which a struggle occurred between the two.

The officer reported Conley said, "Kill me! Just kill me! The officer was able to handcuff Conley.

Sgt. King discovered two bags with a small amount of meth in Conley's pocket, a set of scales, a scoped gun and along sword in the vehicle.

Conley was scheduled for a preliminary hearing.

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