A county man was charged tampering with a motor vehicle following a traffic stop by state police.
Tyler K. Kittrell, 31, St. Clair was charged Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Franklin County Associate Circuit with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, a felony. He is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $20,000 cash-only bond.
The charge stems from a Feb. 7 incident when Kittrell was stopped on the South Outer Road of Interstate 44 by a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper.
According to the probable cause statement filed by the patrol in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office, the trooper stopped Kittrell because the 2001 Chevrolet Silverado matched the description of a truck stolen from Jefferson County.
The plates on the truck were “not on file” following a check by the patrol. Kittrell said he did not receive a title when he purchased the truck.
Kittrell, along with his brother Trent K. Kittrell Jr., 34, Pacific, were charged in November 2016 with second-degree drug trafficking after Franklin County sheriff’s deputies seized cash and over 90 grams of methamphetamine.
According to a probable cause statement filed by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Trent Kittrell was driving a vehicle Sunday, Nov. 26, that was stopped for an equipment violation in St. Clair.
A K-9 unit assigned to St. Clair police alerted officers that drugs were in the vehicle. Tyler Kittrell was a passenger in the vehicle.
Under the passenger seat of the vehicle authorities located more than 90 grams of meth. There was a “large amount” of cash located in the glove compartment, according to the probable cause statement.
Tyler Kittrell was serving a probation sentence from a 2015 second-degree drug trafficking charge.
In that incident, the sheriff’s office received a report of a suspicious vehicle at the Petro Mart, Villa Ridge, in February 2015.
After approaching individuals in one car, officers received permission to search the vehicle.
They found 2 1/2 ounces of suspected crystal methamphetamine, four bags of suspected synthetic marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $3,750 cash.
Tyler Kittrell and another man were arrested. The sheriff’s office said a third man was not taken into custody in the investigation.
Tyler Kittrell had been freed on parole about four months earlier in a previous felony case, according to authorities.
He was serving a prison sentence for stealing anhydrous ammonia and tampering with a motor vehicle.