A Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer said he is thankful a traffic stop he made on Wednesday ended without an altercation.
CVE Officer Tyler Teaney said he stopped a 2014 Dodge Challenger on U.S. 25E near Lone Jack School traveling 80 mph in a 55 mph area. The vehicle was operated by Michael Payne Jr., 21, of Flat Lick.
According to Teaney, the vehicle was bearing an 80,000 pound commercial vehicle apportioned plate. The apportioned plate was not on file. The actual plate that belongs on the vehicle was found in the trunk of the vehicle and expired Aug. 31. Payne stated he bought the vehicle off of Josh Hubbard. The vehicle is registered to a Mark Beverly of Pineville. The registration is reported sold out of state. Payne could not provide a title or proof of ownership/insurance. Payne has not reported transfer of vehicle to the Department of Motor Vehicles. He has a KY instruction permit that is suspended. He had a loaded handgun in between the seat and console of the vehicle.
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, apportioned license plates are issued under the International Registration Plan, which is a cooperative agreement between the United States and Canada. Under the agreement, the base, or home, jurisdiction collects vehicle registration fees, which are then apportioned among the states or provinces that the vehicle travels through, depending on the total distance operated in each jurisdiction. The base jurisdiction issues the vehicle with a set of apportioned license plates and a cab card outlining the jurisdictions where the vehicle is allowed to operate.
Teaney said Payne did not inform him during the interview, until he asked him if there were any weapons in the vehicle. “The area between the seat and console where the weapon was located is not a manufactured compartment of the vehicle and he does not possess a Carry Concealed of Deadly Weapons license,” Teaney stated in the citation. “Located beside the handgun was a glass pipe with white and burnt residue consistent with methamphetamine. Also located in the console was a small blow torch. He had an abundance of small plastic baggies consistent with drug packaging located in his back pocket.”
Teaney seized the handgun and drug items and placed Payne under arrest.
Payne was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, no registration plates, failure to register transfer of a motor vehicle, improper display of registration plates and operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license.
Teaney said Payne is set to be in court in Knox County on Friday on a first-degree possession of a controlled substance charge.
A passenger in the vehicle, Randy Hobbs, 43, of Flat Lick, was also arrested.
Teaney said during the stop, Payne and Hobbs were “acting very nervous.”
“I instructed Hobbs to step out of the vehicle,” Teaney said. “He gave me consent to search him. Located in his left-front blue jean pocket, he told me there was a needle and syringe. He said he used the needle to shoot “Roxys” at 6 a.m. at this date.”
Hobbs was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.
Teaney was assisted in the traffic stop by CVE Officer Jason Freeman.
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