61-year-old Kester Lee Hewitt of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 14) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested shortly after midnight when two Officers on foot patrol near the Blue Ridge Heights apartment complex saw a suspicious vehicle on the 2nd Street side of the complex. They saw a man later identified as Kester Hewitt walk toward the vehicle from the porch-area of an apartment. The complex is clearly marked with “no trespassing” signs.
Hewitt was asked to stop and asked his reason for being there, but he kept walking and got into the vehicle, which was driven by a black female. The vehicle began to back out, but Officers were able to stop it.
According to Police, while Hewitt was still in the car, he took something from his pocket and put it into his mouth. A piece of the substance, later identified as crack cocaine, fell from his mouth, out of the open car window and onto the ground. Officers say Hewitt swallowed the rest.
The crack rock that was recovered weighed one-tenth of a gram. Hewitt was removed from the vehicle and searched, leading to the discovery of a glass crack pipe. He was arrested without further incident at 12:25 a.m. The woman was not charged.
Hewitt has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.