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Wanted Man Tries To Hide In The Floorboard During Traffic Stop

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Traffic stops netted two warrant arrests on Friday, including one man who tried to hide in the floorboard and a man caught on driving through a school parking lot with marijuana and a firearm in his vehicle, according to arrest reports.

State Highway 11 Traffic Stop

James Earl Galloway (HCSO jail photo)

Deputies reported stopping a Dodge SUV at 11 p.m. April 30, 2021, on State Highway 11 west for a traffic violation. Upon approach of the vehicle, a 26-year-old Cooper man was found attempting to hide in the floorboard behind the driver.

A records check showed James Earl Galloway to have three alias capias warrants for on possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone, possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance and abandoning or endangering a child charges. A small amount of marijuana was also allegedly located.

Galloway was taken into custody on the charge, the other vehicle occupants were released, according to arrest reports. He remained in Hopkins County jail Saturday night, May 1, 2021, in lieu on a $150,000 bond set on the Penalty Group 1 charge, a $5,000 bond on the Penalty Group 2 charge and a $40,000 bond on the child endangerment charge.

Connally Street Traffic Stop

Jeffrey Robert Kuykendall (HCSO jail photo)

Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Brandon Mayes responded after 8:30 a.m. April 30 to a report of an unresponsive person on Connally Street. However, when he arrived, Mayes was told the driver woke up and drove west toward the high school in a black pickup.

Mayes spotted a Chevrolet Silverado being driven west near the Civic Center through the parking lot and conducted a traffic stop on the truck. A pistol and marijuana that weighed less than 2 ounces were found during a search of the truck.

The driver, 38-year-old Jeffrey Scott Kuykendall of Sulphur Springs, was also found to have outstanding city warrants for not vaccinating against rabies and public intoxication. He was arrested on those charges as well as a third-degree felony unlawful carrying of a weapon in a prohibited place, across the school property and stopped in the parking lot and a Class A misdemeanor possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana in a drug-free zone charge.

Kuykendall was jailed just before 10:30 a.m. April 30 and released from jail Saturday, May 1, 2021, on a $10,00 bond on the weapon charge and a $2,000 bond on the marijuana charge, according to arrest reports.

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. publishes Sulphur Springs Police Department reports and news. The Police Department is located at 125 Davis St., Sulphur Springs, Texas. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 885-7602.

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The Sulphur Springs Police Department continues to serve its citizens with pride in its overall mission and will strive to provide the best possible police force in the 21st century.

Author: Faith Huffman

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