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Traffic Stop Results In Foot Pursuit, Controlled Substance Arrest

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A Van Sickle Street traffic stop resulted in a foot pursuit and controlled substance arrest Tuesday morning, while a State Highway 19 traffic stop late Tuesday night netted 4 grams of methamphetamine a man tried to discard when a deputy search his SUV. Two other men were also arrested Tuesday on controlled substance and related charges, and a teen got to spend the night in for having marijuana in the jail parking lot, according to arrest reports.

Van Sickle Street Traffic Stop

Brian Lynn Matthews

Sulphur Springs Police Officer Sean Hoffman stopped Brian Lynn Matthews at 10:59 a.m. Sept. 21, 2021, on Van Sickle Street at the North Locust and Connally Street intersection for a defective stop light on the Dodge Caliber he was driving . The car crossed Connally then continued north on Locust Street.

The driver, identified in arrest reports as 43-year-old of Sulphur Springs, immediately exited the car upon stopping and began running west from the officer. Matthews reportedly tripped while running, allowing the officer to gain distance on him and try to get him into handcuffs, acording to arrest reports.

Matthews did not cooperate, refusing to place his hands behind his back and constantly trying to get away from the officer. The policeman observed a bag in his hand which he believed contained a narcotic. The man was forced to put his hands behind his back with the least amount of force nece3ssary to effect the arrest. The man continued to clench his fist tight while Hoffman was trying to conceal a bag with multiple other baggies containing a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine.

He was checked by EMS, then transported to jail, where he remained Wednesday morning, Sept. 22, 2021 on possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone, evading arrest or detention and resisting arrest charges, according to arrest and jail reports.

Warrant Arrests

Two people were arrested on warrants Tuesday.

Nicholas Anthony Reynolds

Sulphur Springs Police Officer Francisco Castro spotted Nicholas Anthony Reynolds at a Como Street residence at 8:24 a.m. Sept. 21, 2021. Recognizing the man, the officers contacted him, then asked communications operators to conduct a records check. A dispatchers advised there was an outstanding warrant for the man’s arrest.

Castro took the 32-year-old into custody on the manufacture or delivery of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance warrant. He remained in jail on the charge Wednesday morning, Sept. 22, 2021, on the felony charge.

Corey LaTroy Grant

Tuesday was the fourth time in less than 7 months Reynolds has been booked into Hopkins County jail. He spent one night each in jail on March 14 and April 11 on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge, as well as Aug. 17-24, on a warrant for bond forfeiture on one of the controlled substance charges, according to jail reports.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Joe Hooten took Corey Latroy Grant into custody at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2021, in the 8th Judicial District Courtroom.

The 39-year-old Dallas man was booked into Hopkins County jail for bond forfeiture on a June 25, 2020 possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. He remained in custody at the county jail Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. Bond was recommended to be a cash-only $10,000 bond, according to jail reports.

SH 19 North Traffic Stop

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Justin Wilkerson and Sgt. Scott Davis reported stopping Jimmy Ray Emeyabbi at 11:27 p.m. Sept. 21, 2021, on State Highway 19 north at FM 1536 for driving a Honda SUV on the improved shoulder.

Jimmy Ray Emeyabbi

While talking to the 40-year-old Talco man, deputies noted his hands shook as if nervous. When asked if he had anything illegal in the vehicle, the driver pointed to a burnt marijuana blunt in an ashtray.

The deputy had him step out and the SUV and patted him down. After the finding a hypodermic syringe on him, he detained Emeyabbi in handcuffs and had him stand near his patrol vehicle while the deputies searched the Talco man’s SUV. Additional drug paraphernalia was found in the SUV. One deputy noticed Emeyabbi moving around near his patrol unit. The deputy reported when he walked back toward him, the deputy reported seeing a crystal-like substance he suspected was methamphetamine.

The deputy placed Emeyabbi into custody and seized the suspected contraband. The loose substance from the roadhouse was collected. Emeyabbi admitted to concealing contraband on him and when he saw the officer behind the vehicle trying to discard it. The substance field-tested positive for meth and weighed 4.24 grams, including packaging.

Emeyabbi was booked into jail at 1:17 a.m. Sept. 22, 2021, for possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and tampering with evidence with intent to impair, and on a warrant for not taking are of an Aug. 24, 2020 possession of drug paraphernalia charge. He remained in jail Wednesday afternoon. Bond was set at $50,000 each on the controlled substance and tampering with evidence charge, according to jail reports.

Arrested in the Jail Parking Lot

A Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer alerted Investigator Michael Russell around 9:25 a.m. Sept. 21 that he had detected a marijuana odor emitting from a vehicle as he walked past it in the parking lot. Russell contacted the occupants of the gray Chevrolet Impala and also detected a marijuana odor coming from inside the car. The operator of the vehicle admitted there was marijuana within the center console and claimed it as hers.

Russell and Sgt. Richard Greer arrested the 17-year-old Mount Pleasant youth at 9:34 a.m. for possession of drug paraphernalia. She was escorted into the jail, where she remained overnight on a Class C misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge, according to jail reports.


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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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