A routine traffic stop by a Hopkins County deputy on the evening of September 7, 2023, has resulted in the arrest of David Ray Rholes Jr. The incident occurred at approximately 9:15 p.m. when the deputy pulled over Rholes' vehicle for failing to signal a lane change.
Upon making contact with Rholes, the deputy noticed that he was visibly sweating and shaking. Rholes granted consent for a vehicle search, and after he exited the car, the deputy performed a pat-down. The deputy then requested permission to search Rholes' pockets, which was denied. However, Rholes was asked to empty his pockets voluntarily.
During this pocket inspection, the deputy discovered money and a clear plastic baggie containing a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine. Consequently, Rholes was taken into custody and read his rights. A subsequent probable cause search of the vehicle yielded no further contraband.
Rholes was subsequently transported to Hopkins County Jail, where a field test confirmed the substance as methamphetamine, weighing approximately 0.964 grams, including packaging. Notably, the location of the traffic stop was just 748 feet from Bowie Primary School, a designated drug-free zone.
Additionally, it was revealed that Rholes had an active warrant out of the Sulphur Springs Police Department.
David Ray Rholes Jr. has been booked into Hopkins County Jail on the following charges:
- Possession of Controlled Substance PG1 < 1G (Drug-Free Zone) - No bond information available.
- Driving While License Invalid (Warrant) - Bond set at $466.70.