A Hope man was arrested Monday morning and charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop in Hempstead County.

According to Sheriff James Singleton, David Etheridge, 55-year-old male, of Hope, was arrested at approximately 11 a.m. Monday, February 27 after a traffic stop on Hempstead 7 near Highway 355 West.

Sheriff Singleton said Deputy Matt Dunham was patrolling the area when he observed a black Toyota truck turn off of 355 onto Hempstead 7. Dunham reported the truck appeared to be travelling at a high rate of speed toward Hempstead 11. When Dunham caught up to the Toyota he ran the license plate and was advised it expired in June of 2016.

Dunham initiated a traffic stop on the Toyota around 580 Hempstead 7. He made contact with the driver, identified as David Etheridge.

Sheriff Singleton said that during his investigation, Dunham located a glass pipe and a small, clear plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance. Dunham placed Etheridge under arrest and transported him to the Hempstead County Detention Center. Etheridge was booked and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and expired tags.

Etheridge is awaiting his first court appearance.

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