Felon remains jailed after Friday arrest

Grainger County resident Darrel Barker, a 42-year-old convicted felon who allegedly was holding a handgun, ammunition and 3 grams of crystal meth when he was arrested in Morristown, remained in the Hamblen County Jail this morning in lieu of $50,000 bond, according to authorities.

Barker, who lives on Hillcrest Drive in Bean Station, was taken into custody around 10 p.m. Friday after police found him passed out behind the wheel of an SUV in the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Buffalo Trail, according to Detective Dustin Jones, a narcotics investigator with the Morristown Police Department, who reported the handgun was in plain view.

A search of the vehicle proceeded after a drug-sniffing dog indicated that illegal narcotics were inside. Police also found a counterfeit $100 bill, according to Jones.

In 2011, Barker was convicted of possession of dangerous drugs in Texas. In 1999 in Illinois, he was convicted of burglary, according to the detective, who charged him with felony possession of meth, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal simulation.