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Speedwell, Tennessee citizen broke the law and has been arrested for doing so

Updated: Oct 22, 2019

From WRIL -

Patrick Gibson - BCDC

Monday night October 21, 2019 just after 8pm, Middlesboro Officer Chris Barnes was parked on Cumberland Avenue when a 1994 black Nissan came by at a high rate of speed - 48mph in a 35mph zone.

Once behind the vehicle, Barnes states in his citations that he observed the driver - later identified as 30 year old Patrick Gibson of Speedwell, Tennessee - make several other driving infractions.

Upon initiating a traffic stop and contact with Gibson, Barnes states that he smelled a strong odor of alcohol and marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer also noticed an open container of Twisted Tea and a bottle of Smokie Moonshine. Officer Barnes goes on to state that Gibson’s eyes were bloodshot and he was exhibiting signs of being intoxicated.

When asked to exit the vehicle, Gibson refused to remove his hands from his jacket pockets and was pulling away from the officer. Discovered in his pockets was Alprazolam and a half smoked Marijuana cigarette in cellophane. Standard field sobriety tests were then administered which Gibson failed. He was unable to provide proof of insurance when asked for it.

Gibson was placed under arrest and taken to Middlesboro ARH for a blood test. While at the hospital, Gibson had to be helped to the area for the test and began screaming and hollering trying to shake the handcuffs while flopping on the floor.

Patrick Gibson was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence – 3rd offense, tampering with physical evidence, possession of controlled substance – 3rd degree (drug unspecified), possession of Marijuana, possession of open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, careless driving, improper signal, speeding, disorderly conduct – 2nd degree, no seat belts, no insurance, and resisting arrest.

Also assisting on scene was Officer Kenny Vanover and Lt. Floyd Patterson.

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