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Traffic stop for no seat belt yields a stolen vehicle arrest

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Trey Hembree - BCDC

According to his citation, on Saturday July 25, 2020 Middlesboro Officer Chris Barnes was parked at the entrance to the Beans Fork community on Highway 441 when he observed a 4 door silver Saturn with 18 year old Trey Hembree of Middlesboro driving without a seat belt.


After initiating a traffic stop, Officer Barnes ran the vehicle through Middlesboro dispatch which came back as stolen out of Union County, Tennessee.


Hembree was then arrested and a search of the vehicle was conducted and the officer found two syringes in the glove compartment. Also located was a small plastic distribution baggie in the passenger seat containing a crystal like substance believed to be Methamphetamine.


Trey Hembree was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with possession of controlled substance – 1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine), buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property under $10,000, no operators license, failure to wear seat belt, and failure to produce insurance card.

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