A Middlesboro woman was behind bars at the Bell County Detention Center after Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy Robin Venable arrested her on Wednesday night.
Louise Cox, 29, of Middlesboro, is charged with giving an officer false name or address, second-degree fleeing or evading police, possession of marijuana, buy/possess drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), illegal possession of a legend drug, prescription controlled substance not in original container and served four warrants for other police agencies.
According to the press release, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Venable was in route to a welfare check in the Right Fork area of Polly Hollow, at the bottom of Proffitt Road, when he came upon a red 1991 Ford Bronco parked on the side of the road.Venable said while pulling his cruiser over to check on the vehicle, he was able to see three female occupants shuffling in their seats nervously. He approached the driver’s side of the Bronco and asked the driver and passengers to produce identification.
Venable says the driver of the vehicle said she did not have any identification on her and he asked her to step out of the vehicle. Once the driver was out of the truck, Venable says he asked her for a safety check. While performing the safety check, Venable said a white pill fell out of her pocket.
Venable said he asked the driver who she was and she gave the name of Louise Belcher. Venable says he gave a warning for the correct name and the driver again gave Louise Belcher before fleeing the scene into a wooded area where she was apprehended by the deputy after a short foot pursuit.
Venable says he searched the vehicle and found methamphetamine under the passenger seat. He says he also discovered two marijuana cigarettes, a spoon with white residue and a straw with white residue. Venable says the driver took responsibility for the drugs and the two other females were permitted to leave because they had no warrants.
Cox was released from jail on Friday.
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