Physician’s assistant faces drug charges
A Knox County physician’s assistant was arrested following a traffic stop in Roane County last week.
Joe M. Braden is charged with manufacturing/possession of a controlled substance for resale, possession of marijuana and DUI.
His address was listed 7701 Corryton Road in Corryton — also the address for Braden Family Medicine.
According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes received a call about a possible drunk driver on Interstate 40. Mayes said the vehicle was driving in the middle of the road.
Mayes stopped the vehicle. Braden told the officer he was “just tired,” the warrant said. “In plain view, I observed a large amount of cash being all 20s in the center console.”
Another officer told Mayes he smelled marijuana in the truck.
A search produced a leafy substance, as well as a bottle that contained pills, police reported.
“A count later revealed approximately 217 Xanax pills,” the warrant said.
Mayes said Braden performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was taken to have blood drawn before going to jail.
The drugs will be tested by the TBI crime lab.
Braden, 51, is scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court on the charges next month.