A Speedwell, Tennessee man is behind bars in Bell County after police say they conducted a traffic stop because they believed he was driving under the influence.
John Hoffer, 49, is being held in the Bell County Detention Center on numerous drug-related charges. Hoffer’s list of charges include, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, operating on a revoked operators license, failure of owner to maintain required insurance and failure to surrender revoked operators license.
According to Middlesboro Police Officer Jeremiah Johnson, Hoffer was operating a 2010 Chevy Impala under the influence of some type of controlled substance on Monday. Officers performed a traffic stop near 15th Street and Cumberland near the Circle K. During the traffic stop, officers say they noticed Hoffer had glassy eyes and constricted pupils. Hoffer refused all sobriety tests.
Additionally, the arrest citation states Hoffer had two round tablets marked ‘K57’, believed to be oxycodone, and two tablets marked ‘TEVA 833’, believed to be clonazepam, in his wallet. Middlesboro Police Sgt. Wade Barnett observed Hoffer trying to conceal these pills in his wallet during the traffic stop.
Hoffer was also served two bench warrants at the time of his arrest. Both bench warrants were for failure to appear in court. The failure to appear charges stem from Nov. 25, 2014 and April 9, 2015.
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