Garren, Marcum arrested after attempting to evade police

Published 12:23 pm Friday, March 1, 2019

A Middlesboro man jumped into a creek and attempted to swim away from cops to avoid his arrest on Thursday.

Middlesboro Police Officer Nick Capps spotted a Ford F-150 traveling on Winchester Avenue. While observing the vehicle, he noticed the truck was driving on a rim at the rear driver’s side.

According to the citation, Capps initiated a traffic stop but the driver, 46-year-old Charles Garren, refused to pull over. Once the truck finally stopped, the passenger 34-year-old Rebecca Marcum jumped out of the truck and ran.

The driver then stepped out of the truck and jumped down the hill attempting to get away from Capps.

Garren jumped into a nearby creek and began swimming away, but he was quickly apprehended by Sgt. Josh Burchett and Officer Joel Quillen.

Both Garren and Marcum were arrested and taken to the Bell County Detention Center.

Garren was charged with operating on a suspended operator’s license, no insurance, two counts of first-degree fleeing or evading police, and improper equipment. He was also served two bench warrants for failing to appear on motor vehicle violations and drug possession charges that he acquired in December of last year. He is being held on a $30,000 bond.

Rebecca Marcum was served on a parole violation and later released on bond.