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He saw them rollin' and then runnin'...swimmin' too

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Charles Heath Garren and Rebecca Marcum - BCDC

Late Wednesday night February 27, 2019 Middlesboro Officer Nick Capps was behind a gold 2002 Ford F150 on Winchester Avenue when he observed the vehicle operating on just a rim at the rear driver’s side causing a safety hazard.

Capps states in a citation that he initiated a traffic stop but the driver refused to pull over traveling past 46th street. Once finally stopping, the passenger – identified as 34 year old Rebecca Marcum – jumped out of the truck.

The driver, identified as 46 year old Charles Heath Garren, stepped out of the truck and said: “it don’t have park” and then jumped down the hillside in an attempt to get away with Capps chasing behind him.

Garren jumped into and swam across a nearby creek, but he was apprehended by Sgt. Josh Burchette and Officer Joel Quillen. Both Garren and Marcum were arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.

Heath Garren was charged with operating on a suspended operator’s license, no insurance, fleeing or evading police 1st degree (on foot), fleeing or evading police 1st degree (motor vehicle), and improper equipment. He was also served two bench warrants for failing to appear on motor vehicle violations and drug possession charges that he acquired in December of last year. He is being held on a $30,000 bond.

Rebecca Marcum was served a parole violation and currently has no bond.

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