Driver in DUI crash allegedly admits to gang affiliation, using drugs

Jeff Bobo • Apr 27, 2017 at 6:00 PM

CHURCH HILL — An alleged Kingsport gang member who wrecked early Wednesday morning near Church Hill with a sawed off shotgun and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle is facing several charges including possession of a gun by a convicted felon and DUI.

When asked by HCSO Sgt. Michael Allen if he was on any illegal drugs, the driver, Matthew Scott Quillen, reportedly replied, "All of them."

When inmates are booked into jail they are routinely asked if they belong to a gang.

Quillen, 26, 991 Kinsler Ave., Kingsport, reportedly told Hawkins County jailers Wednesday he is a member of the "20mob Traveling Vice."

Quillen's passenger, Latosha N. Fletcher, 28, 306 Charlie St., Church Hill, was also allegedly under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. While she was being helped out of the vehicle by police, a marijuana pipe allegedly fell out of her front hoodie pocket.

At about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Deputy Bobby Moffitt and Allen responded to a single-vehicle crash in the 200 block of Goshen Valley Road. A 1995 Chevy Lumina had exited the roadway near the Smith Hollow Road intersection.

Quillen had been driving and reportedly blew his horn at deputies when they arrived to get their attention.

"He advised they were just bruised up and that he wasn't driving fast when he wrecked," Allen stated in his report.

While Quillen and Fletcher were being checked out by EMS, Allen reportedly observed that both appeared to be under the influence of narcotics.

Quillen spoke with slurred speech, and he stated he knew he was going to jail because his license was suspended and he didn’t have insurance.

"I asked if he was on any illegal drugs, and his reply was, 'All of them'," Allen stated.

After Quillen and Fletcher had been arrested, a search of the vehicle was conducted.

An open red duffel bag in the vehicle contained a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun with a barrel that had been shortened below the legal length, as well as several 12-gauge shotgun shells and a CO2 pistol designed to look like a .357 revolver.

Near the driver's seat, a Xanax pill was found inside a tin container along with several small clear plastic baggies, rolling papers and a pill snorter.

A computer check of Quillen showed him to have previous convictions for aggravated burglary and robbery.

Quillen was charged with possession of a gun by a convicted felon, reckless endangerment, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of Schedule IV narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a prohibited weapon, DUI, driving on a suspended license, no insurance, and violation of the Due Care law.

As of Thursday he remained held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond pending arraignment set for May 1.

Fletcher was charged with public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia. She too remained held in the Hawkins County Jail as of Thursday, and her arraignment is set for May 1 as well.                                                                           

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