Traffic stop results in cocaine charge for Hawkins man out on bond from two previous meth, gun arrests

Jeff Bobo • Jan 17, 2019 at 8:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who was free on a total of $120,000 bond for two previous traffic stop arrests for meth trafficking and gun possession was arrested early Tuesday for cocaine possession as a result of another traffic stop.

Shortly after midnight, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Detective Gary Lawson reportedly spotted a 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander traveling 68 mph in a 40 mph zone on Route 66-N north of Rogersville.

The Mitsubishi, which was being driven by Bobby Lee Barker, then turned onto Shephards Chapel Road, at which time Lawson activated his blue lights and attempted a traffic stop.

Barker continued on for about two miles before stopping. In explaining his failure to stop immediately, Barker reportedly told Lawson, “I freaked out.”

Barker, 37, 123 1/2 N. Brummit St., Rogersville, and his passenger, Rebecca Leigh Barker, 37, same address, were ordered out of the vehicle.

Lawson then allegedly observed a baggy containing a small amount of a white powder believed to be crack cocaine in the front passenger seat of the vehicle.

Upon searching the Outlander, Lawson allegedly located a metal pipe, digital scales, a small spoon and a ball of copper screen used to filter narcotics.

Bobby Barker and Rebecca Barker were both charged with simple possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Mr. Barker was charged with speeding.

At the time of her arrest, Rebecca Barker was on bond from an arrest last April for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were being held without bond pending an appearance in Sessions Court on Feb. 13.

Bobby Barker was most recently arrested on Jan. 7 following a traffic stop on Highway 11-W just west of Rogersville.

With the assistance of HCSO K-9 Bak, deputies allegedly seized two loaded pistols, a small amount of meth, empty baggies, scales, pills and other drug paraphernalia.

Barker was charged possession of meth with intent to deliver and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, among other charges, and released on an additional $20,000 bond.

At the time, he was free on $100,000 bond stemming from a gun and meth arrest that occurred on April 9, 2018 in Church Hill following a traffic stop for speeding in a school zone on 11-W near Volunteer High School.

An undisclosed amount of meth as well as a Taurus 9mm pistol were seized from Barker’s vehicle, along with various pills and other drug paraphernalia.

He was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver less than 1,000 feet from a school, possession of a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony and possession of Schedule IV narcotics for resale.

Charges from all three of those arrests are on the docket for his Feb. 13 court appearance.

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