A Hulen man is behind bars after allegedly veering his vehicle too close to the local sheriff’s vehicle.
According to Bell County Sheriff Mitch Williams, he was traveling northbound on U.S. 25E at 7:06 p.m. Thursday, when he observed a black Ford Mustang traveling southbound on U.S. 25E. Williams reported that the driver of the Mustang veered close to his vehicle, almost hitting him as he turned onto Harbell Station Road.
Williams says he turned around and initiated a stop on the Mustang on Harbell Station Road. Williams says he radioed for assistance from Deputy Jared Smith and Sgt. Dan Tuttle.
The driver of the Mustang was identified as Michael Reynolds, 35.
According to the press release, Reynolds was seen exiting the car upon the officers’ arrival on scene. Reynolds allegedly threw a yellow shopping bag over an embankment.
The press release states Smith approached Reynolds and performed several field sobriety tests, which Reynolds failed. Smith determined that Reynolds was manifestly under the influence of a controlled substance.
The release also states that Williams and Tuttle searched for the yellow shopping bag, and upon finding it discovered 487, 30mg oxycodone pills; 15, 15mg oxycodone pills and 295 alprazolam (Xanax) pills. The pills have an estimated street value of $27,000.
The release says Smith searched Reynolds and discovered $371 in cash on him.
Reynolds was taken into custody and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, two counts of first-degree trafficking controlled substance, third-degree trafficking controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, failure of owner to maintain required insurance and failure to produce insurance card.
Williams and Smith were assisted by Tuttle, Deputy Robin Venable and Pineville Assistant Police Chief Kyle Dunn.