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Judge Ogle upholds traffic stop, arrest

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 prosecution.

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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