Man jailed after ATV chase


By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]



A Middlesboro man is behind bars at the Bell County Detention Center after officers say he operated an ATV on the roadway while under the influence, fled when they tried to conduct a traffic stop and was found to be in possession of multiple drugs.

Christopher Allen Hurst, 20, was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, improper equipment, no operator’s/moped license, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, failure to produce insurance card, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, second-degree fleeing or evading police, second-degree of wanton endangerment, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, operating ATV on roadway and no tail lamps.

According to the arrest citation, Hurst was traveling south on New Wilson Lane when officers tried to stop him. Hurst allegedly cut through yards before going onto Turner Lane and then onto Beans Fork Road where the ATV stalled. Officers say open making contact with Hurst, he appeared to be manifestly under the influence, began acting out of control and begged for EMS. Hurst was taken to Middlesboro ARH before being transferred to the Bell County Detention Center.

Hurst allegedly had on his possession a baggie containing a crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamine, a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and half an ink pen believed to be used to consume drugs.

Other recent arrests include:

*Kelly Eastridge, 53, of Middlesboro, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence;

*Tony D. Ramsey, 40, of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, served two bench warrants, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia;

*Richard Leach, 54, of Middlesboro, endangering the welfare of a minor and public intoxication.

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By Reina P. Cunningham

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