The Joker:

7/24/2019 right about 5 P.M. A BOLO has been issued saying that a certain Mr. James Lumpkin of Harrogate Tennessee who has an Indictment Warrant on him is riding in the back of a 2009 Black Mazda with Tennessee Tags. Officer Christopher Barnes (The Big C.) initiates a traffic stop out on 32nd and Cumberland. Yep Mr. Lumpkin is in the back. 19 year old Mr. Lumpkin spent about 6 weeks in the Bell County Training Center for Crime down in Pineville back in March of this year. His charges then were:

Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree -Police Officer
Fleeing or Evading Police (Motor Vehicle)
Reckless Driving
No Operators Licence
Bench Warrant For Court

At that time his bond was over 5K “Cash”.

Anyhow, Mr. Lumpkin refused to get out of the vehicle. I can see Big C. rolling his eyes now while Officer Johnson (Either Harvey or J.J.) watched. Well needless to say The Big C. removed Mr. Lumpkin from the back seat “by force”.

Ok I gotta stop for a moment for a short lecture. You see, when you are young and skinny you never tell a big husky and probably angry police officer that you aren’t going to get out of the car. He could just grab you by the ear or the hair and drag you out. It’s not like you weight much. This is a trick that old fat guys like me can use. I’m going near 250 pounds in which most of it is fat from living the good life. If I tell them that I’m not getting out they have to think twice about hurting me or hurting themselves trying to move all that fat. Now that does not include Officer Rockin Robin Venable because if I told him I wasn’t getting out he’d probably threaten to get in the back seat with me and then taze us both together. I’d believe him and lumber my big ass out. You know that Rockin Robin and I both couldn’t fit in the back of a Mazda anyhow.

Well, as you already know how it goes, Mr. Lumpkin had some Meth on him as well as the Indictment Warrant. He got his free ride down to Bell County’s entertainment center and booked in charged with:

Serving Indictment Warrant for court
Escape 2nd degree (Identify Facility)
Fleeing or evading Police 2nd degree (On Foot)
Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree
Resisting Arrest
Possession of controlled substance (Methamphetamine)
Drug Paraphernalia (Buy/Possess)

Mr. Lumpkin is currently staying down at the Jail under 11,500.00 dollar “Cash” bond and several no bonds listed. The Escape charge is dated 7/15/2019 but the other charges are on the 24th. I’m not real sure how that works or where Mr. Lumpkin may have escaped from. Obviously his big mistake was being in the Boro.

So the driver, 20 year old Mr. Tommy Jordan Ellison alias “Trey Ellison” (Nice to have an alias around you know) had a FTA warrant on him as well as a “Robbery” charge from a few days ago. Apparently he almost ran over the robbery victim on the way out. Naturally, Mr. Ellison was escorted down to the Pineville College for those beginning a life of crime and is currently still in school under a 10,100.00 Dollar “Cash” Bond.

Lastly, on the same day and booked in about the same time, 19 year old Ms. Cheryn M. Price of Speedwell Tennessee was arrested for

Operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc .08

Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd Degree (Motor Vehicle).

Mr. Price is still chilling down in Big Orange Jump Suit Land in Pineville under a 5 k. “Cash” bond.

I doubt the two cases are intertwined. The arresting officer listed on the BCDC website I am not familiar with. I don’t even have the police report but I wanted to keep you abreast of the Big Orange Crime Wave pouring through the tunnel into Kentucky. Ms. Price must have not had much of a fast car if the clunkers in the boro ran her down, or maybe she just ain’t Dale Earnhardt.

Looks like our boys in blue got their man and girl. Good job.

Go Team Middlesboro!!!

P.S. I couldn’t find any previous records on Ellison and Price. I hope they keep it that way.


“The following article is based on open and public records from the Middlesboro Police Department as well as The Bell County Detention Center Website and is written in the style of satire as an opinion piece not associated or based on the opinions of The Polygraph News, Incorporated—it’s founders, owners or staff.”