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Middlesboro Police apprehend wanted man netting three others in the process

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James D. Lumpkin - BCDC

Monday morning July 15th Middlesboro Police were responding to a call of a possible assault on Birch Lane in the Polly Hollow area.


At the time Lt David Buis and Officer Jeremiah Johnson detained the vehicle in question and had three people detained one of which was 19 year old James Lumpkin of Harrogate Tennessee.


Lumpkin had an outstanding warrant for wanton endangerment – police officer. As Officer Johnson was placing Lumpkin in his cruiser he fled custody and had not been seen since, until Wednesday evening July 24th.


Shortly after 5:00pm Middlesboro Officers Chris Barnes and Jeremiah Johnson received a “be on the lookout” for Lumpkin as he had been seen in the back of a black 2009 Mazda out of Tennessee. Officer Johnson spotted the vehicle around 38th street and Cumberland Avenue. The officer came up behind the vehicle near Middlesboro ARH Hospital and activated his emergency lights attempting a traffic stop.


The Mazda refused to stop until Officers Barnes and Sgt. Joe Holder cut the vehicle off at 32nd and Cumberland Avenue.

Cheryn M. Price - BCDC

After Officer Barnes made contact with the driver, identified as 19 year old Cheryn N. Price, he noticed her eyes were very constricted, bloodshot, and she was exhibiting behavior consistent with being intoxicated. Standard field sobriety tests were administered and Price failed. She was then placed under arrest. Price also stated that Lumpkin tried to get her not to stop for police and that she had used Meth and weed an hour prior to the incident.


Lumpkin, sitting in the back seat, refused to exit the vehicle and had to be forcibly removed by Officer Barnes. After he was handcuffed and in custody, Lumpkin stated to the officers that there was a bag of Methamphetamine in the back seat that was his. Also found was another clear empty distribution bag and a rolled up dollar bill with residue next to it, which Lumpkin also said was his.

Tommy Ellison - BCDC

Another passenger in the vehicle, 20 year old Tommy Jordan Ellison AKA Trey Ellison of Middlesboro, was found to have two outstanding bench warrants, one for failure to appear and the other for a robbery he is accused of committing on July 20, 2019.





Alleigha Hunter - BCDC

A fourth passenger, 22 year old Alleigha S. Hunter of Middlesboro, was found to have a $583.00 pay or stay warrant.


All four were lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.


James D. Lumpkin was charged with two counts of resisting arrest, buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense – Methamphetamine, escape 2nd degree, fleeing or evading police 2nd degree (on foot), disorderly conduct 2nd degree. He was also served an indictment warrant for wanton endangerment police officer. He is being held without bond.


Cheryn Price was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs aggravated circumstances 1st offense and fleeing or evading police 2nd degree (motor vehicle).

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