On October 16, 2016, Deputy James Tabor responded to the northbound I-75 rest area after a person reported a male slumped over a vehicle’s steering wheel. Dep. Tabor located the described vehicle and made contact with Josh A. Abee, 36, of North Carolina and a passenger, Erin Absher, 31, of Indiana.
According to a national database, the vehicle Abee was behind the wheel of had been reported stolen from Morgantown, North Carolina. Abee was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property valued over $10,000, public intoxication and possession of a forged prescription for a legend drug.
Absher, the passenger, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property valued over $10,000. Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
Around 10 a.m. Oct. 17, Dep. Cody Harrell and Sergeant Todd Shelley received information that a Pontiac coupe reported stolen from Knoxville may be located in the Whippoorwill Road area.
While investigating the tip, Sgt. Shelley located a vehicle matching the caller’s description at a residence on Osborne Lane. National records indicated the vehicle had been reported stolen from Knoxville, Tennessee.
Sgt. Shelley arrested Arnold Lee Fee, Jr., 29, of Bristol, Tennessee. Fee was charged with receiving stolen property valued under $10,000. He was lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center.