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Domestic call nets arrest of two men, one a regular at the BCDC


Christpher Collett

On Sunday night January 6, 2019 just before 10pm Middlesboro Officer Nick Capps responded to a call of a possible domestic disturbance at a West Rochester residence.

Matthew Degener

Once on scene the person causing the disturbance, identified as 27 year old Christopher Collett of Middlesboro, had left the residence. A woman at the home, Tara Temple, stated that Collett had stolen her phone and was at 19 year old Matthew Degener’s home. Temple also described the vehicle Degener owned, but when the officer went to the home on Chester Avenue, the primed Chevrolet S-10 truck was not there.

As Officer Capps was leaving the area he observed the truck turn west off of 24th Street. He followed and initiated a traffic stop knowing that Degener did not have an operator’s license. Christopher Collett was a passenger in the truck and was arrested.

Assisting on scene was Officer Brad Cawood who stayed with the vehicle during Collett’s arrest and transport to Middlesboro headquarters. Officer Capps states in his citation that once Collett was at the station, he said there were two bags of Methamphetamine in between the center console and the seat where he was a passenger.

Upon given consent by Degener, the officers searched the truck and found the Methamphetamine – weighing approximately 19 grams – along with a bag of Marijuana. Degener was then arrested. Both men were lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.

Christopher Collett was charged with possession of controlled substance 1st degree, 1st offense - Methamphetamine, possession of Marijuana, contempt of court, and disorderly conduct.

Matthew Degener was charged with no operator’s license, possession of controlled substance 1st degree, 1st offense – Methamphetamine, and he was served an outstanding pay or stay bench warrant.

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