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Refusal of Ewing woman to stop for Middlesboro police results in one arrested, one cited to court

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Pamela Phipps - BCDC

On Tuesday, January 5, at approximately 3:44pm Middlesboro Police Officer Chris Barnes was parked at Dunlap Church on Highway 441 observing traffic when he noticed 1997 black single cab truck pass by with no registration plates.

Officer Barnes followed behind the vehicle attempting a traffic stop, but the truck accelerated away at a high rate of speed. As the pursuit approach the entrance to the Ambleside community, the truck passed two vehicles in front of it driving into oncoming traffic causing at least one vehicle to leave the roadway to avoid a crash.

As the truck began to pass Red Oak Church, something was thrown from the passenger side window. The chase then came to the entrance of Old Pineville Pike which was congested with traffic and the truck had no way to proceed. Officer Barnes then blocked the truck with his cruiser at a location known as Granny’s Grocery.

Ordered out of the vehicle by Barnes was the driver, 42 year old Pamela Phipps of Ewing, Virginia. Next to exit the truck was Macarthur Douglas and his son. After detaining all three individuals, the officer came in contact with Phipps who had a strong odor of Marijuana come from her. Phipps admitted that the occupants were smoking Marijuana when they passed Officer Barnes and also admitted that Douglas has tossed a bag out the window, but was unsure what it was.

Upon searching the vehicle Officer Barnes located several bongs, distribution bags, and rolling papers in the area that Douglas was sitting.

While Douglas was cited to court for possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence, his son was not charges with a crime. Phipps however was arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center. She was charged with no registration plates, failure to produce insurance card, failure to register transfer of motor vehicle, no seat belts, fleeing or evading police – 2nd degree (motor vehicle), reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle under the influence – 1st degree (aggravated circumstances) and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.

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