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Three in the same vehicle arrested at Middlesboro DUI checkpoint

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Robert Simpson - BCDC

On Sunday evening, January 24, 2021, Middlesboro Police Officer Chris Barnes was conducting a pre-approved DUI checkpoint (by Lt. Josh Burchett) on Highway 441 near an area commonly known as Granny’s Grocery.


A blue 2013 Hyundai approached the checkpoint from Old Pineville Pike. As Officer Barnes made contact with driver, 40 year old Robert Simpson of Middlesboro, he noticed Simpson becoming very nervous along with passengers, 25 year old Caitlyn Stokes of Ages, Ky. and 40 year old William Carroll of Cranks, Ky.


Officer Barnes states in his citation that Simpson was exhibiting behavior consistent with being intoxicated and he was asked to step out of his vehicle for standard field sobriety tests.


Before the tests were administered, the officer performed a pat down and discovered a white pill bottle containing eight pills believed to be Suboxone. Also in the container was a crystal-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine in a white baggy. Simpson claimed it was his prescribed medication prior to the bottle being opened. Simpson later admitted to using meth prior to the stop. As Barnes was finishing with Simpson he observed Caitlyn Stokes putting her hands towards the floorboard even after being instructed not to.

Caitlyn Stokes - BCDC

Also responding was Officer Ryan Collins who removed both Stokes and Carroll from the vehicle. Upon searching the vehicle, Officer Barnes found another clear bag containing a crystal-like residue inside Stoke’s carrying bag sitting in the floorboard. In her coat, also on the back seat, was found a cut straw and another bag containing a crystal-like residue.

William Carroll - BCDC

While William Carroll was not found with any illegal items, he was wanted in Harlan on two outstanding warrants.


All three were transported to Bell County Detention Center.


Robert Simpson was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence – 1st offense, possession of controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine), buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, and possession of controlled substance – 3rd degree (drug unspecified)


Caitlyn Stokes was charged with possession of controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine) and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia.


William Carroll was served two warrants.

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