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ATV violations lead to several drug charges after short foot pursuit of Middlesboro man

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Joshua Sutton - BCDC

On Tuesday afternoon October 4, 2022, a short time before 3:30pm Middlesboro Lt/Detective Barry cowan was traveling on Cumberland Avenue when a rider on a 1998 green Yamaha ATV Grizzly pulled out from the parking lot of Family Dollar heading east. The Lieutenant activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle.


Lt. Cowan approached the vehicle requesting identification. The operator, identified as 37-year-old Joshua Sutton of Middlesboro, got off the vehicle, began reaching into his pockets, and fled south on foot behind the Arthur Museum.


Officer Jacob Quillen responded to the scene and Sutton was apprehended quickly afterward at the intersection of 22nd Street and Winchester Avenue.


During the incident Sutton was found in possession of folded cash totaling $3,148 in his hand, an amber pill bottle in his left front jacket pocket containing clear bags of a rock-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine and a dark substance believed to be Heroin. Another plastic baggie was also found that contained a white powdery substance and a orange powdery substance that will be sent off to the K.S.P. lab for analysis.


At Middlesboro police headquarters an orange tablet was found by Officer Bucky Harris in Sutton’s hoodie pocket.


Joshua Sutton was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with all-terrain vehicles violations, fleeing or evading police – 2nd degree, trafficking a controlled substance – 1st degree, 2nd or greater offense – less than 2 grams (Methamphetamine), trafficking a controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense – less than 2 grams (Heroin). More charges are expected.


No bond has been set yet.

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