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State Highway 19 Traffic Stop Results In 2 Arrests

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A State Highway 19 traffic stop resulted in two arrests early Wednesday morning, according to arrest reports.

Chelsie Nicole Birdsong March, 2017

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Aaron Chaney reported a Toyota Camry first caught his attention when the driver failed to dim the car’s high beam lights when it passed him on SH 19 north at County Road 4760. As it passed, Chaney noticed the car also had a defective tail light, so he initiated a traffic stop at 12:48 a.m. Dec. 30, 2020.

When he contacted the occupants, Chaney alleged neither woman could maintain eye contact and both were making furtive movements during their interaction. Suspicious, Chaney asked and was refused permission to search the car.

He asked both for ID and had them step out of the vehicle, then requested an additional patrol deputy to respond at the location to assist. The passenger in the car was identified as 29-year-old Chelsie Nicole Birdsong of Paris, and the driver was a 30-year-old Paris woman.

Hopkins County Sheriff
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle

As Deputy Bobby Osornio arrived to assist, communications operators advised Birdsong had an active warrant out of Lamar County for violation of probation on a 2017 manufacture or delivery of a Penalty Group 2A controlled substance charge. Birdsong was taken into custody on the warrant. A search of her revealed a burned glass pipe of the kind commonly used to smoke methamphetamine.

A probable cause search of the car revealed several used cigars containing suspected marijuana. HCSO Deputy Elijah Fite, who was in the area, responded and transported Birdsong to jail. Chaney took the 30-year-old driver into custody at 1:10 a.m. Dec. 30 on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

Birdsong was held in Hopkins County jail late Wednesday morning, Dec. 30, on the warrant as well as a possession of drug paraphernalia charge for the pipe found in her possession. The 30-year-old Paris woman also remained in Hopkins County jail late Wednesday morning on a drug paraphernalia charge.

KSST does not publish the photos or names of people charged with misdemeanor crimes in staff generated reports, only those accused of felony offenses.

Hopkins County Law Enforcement Center, 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, Texas

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040.

Author: Faith Huffman

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