|Published: 9:18 AM, 07/30/2013
||Last updated: 9:18 AM, 07/30/2013
Author: Gilbert Soesbee
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT—After a hearing Monday morning in Cocke County
Circuit Court, Judge Rex Henry Ogle upheld a 2012 traffic stop which resulted
in the arrest of a local man.
Nicholas David Hooker, 25, of 109 Holt Hollow Road, was
stopped off Highway 160 by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Tyler Hall. The
initial traffic stop happened because Hooker was driving his truck with the
high beam lights on.
But he was eventually charged with driving under the
influence of alcohol (DUI), violation of the state vehicle headlight law, and
driving without wearing a seatbelt.
Defense attorney Charlotte Ann Leibrock argued that
Trooper Hall had no probable cause to arrest Hooker and that all the evidence
collected as a result of the traffic stop should be suppressed, an action which
would likely result in dismissal of the charges.
But Assistant District Attorney General Tonya Thornton
contended that there was sufficient evidence to support the arrest and argued
against the defense motion.
After the hearing, Judge Ogle agreed with the
For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
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