Eight charges result from one traffic stop

Published 12:00 pm Monday, February 25, 2019

A Middlesboro woman remained in jail Monday on eight charges following her arrest during a traffic stop last week.

Middlesboro Police Officer Chris Barnes stopped a black Chevrolet Impala with only one working headlight early Friday at 30th Street and Cumberland Avenue.

According to the arrest citation, when Barnes talked with Phylisha Patterson, 22, who was driving the vehicle, she responded very fast to him, had bloodshot eyes, placed both of her hands between her legs and acted very nervous.

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Barnes, with the assistance of Lt. Eddie Myers, asked Patterson to step out of the vehicle for field sobriety tests. Barnes reported that when Patterson got out of the car, he saw a glass pipe in the driver’s seat where she had placed her hands. According to the citation, the pipe contained a white substance believed to be methamphetamine.

According to the citation, Patterson failed the sobriety tests.

During the traffic stop, Middlesboro Dispatch notified Barnes that Pattersons’ tags were canceled due to failure to maintain insurance.

Patterson was placed under arrest and taken to the Bell County Detention Center.

She was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, first offense; possession of a controlled substance, first degree; first offense methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance, third degree (drug unspecified); buying/possession drug paraphernalia; failure to maintain insurance; no registration; and one headlight.

Patterson also was served a bench warrant for failure to appear in court in June 2018.