Traffic stop leads to trafficking charge for passenger
From WRIL -
On Tuesday night October 22, 2019 a short time before 11:00pm Middlesboro Officer Jeremiah Johnson was on routine patrol and observed a 2002 red Nissan 4 door traveling with no license plate illuminated, no signal, and failure to signal.
Officer Johnson initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and as it pulled over he saw the passenger, later identified as 31 year old Jerry Hurst of Middlesboro, throw something out the window. The bag was recovered and contained approximately (30) thirty grams of a rock-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine.
According to Johnson's citation, Hurst was very aggressive during the arrest as he cursed the officer trying to pull away. Hurst was transported to and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center. During the booking process and at MIddlesboro headquarters, Hurst made threatening statements toward Officer Johnson.
Jerry Hurst was charged with trafficking in controlled substance - 1st degree, 2nd or greater offense greater than 2 grams (Methamphetamine), tampering with physical evidence, disorderly conduct - 2nd degree, and intimidating a participant in the legal process. The driver was given a verbal warning on the traffic infractions.
Assisting on scene was Sgt Kenny Vanover and Officer Dakota Torstrick.