LaFollette traffic judge found driving on license suspended

LaFollette traffic judge found driving on license suspended 15 years ago

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Wes Hatmaker (Source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office) Wes Hatmaker (Source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office)

LAFOLLETTE (WATE) - A LaFollette traffic court judge was arrested last week after officers found him driving on a suspended license.

Wes Hatmaker, of Knoxville, was pulled over on Sept. 26 after a Jacksboro police officer saw him cross the center line on Main Street.

Hatmaker, a well-known Jacksboro attorney and LaFollette city traffic offense judge, told the officer he did not have his license because it was in his other wallet.

After running Hatmaker through a license database, the officer found Hatmaker's license had been suspended more than 15 years prior, in May 1998.

Hatmaker was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

The judge told 6 News he didn't know his license had been suspended until about a month before his arrest.

His court date has not been set.

His status as a traffic judge and attorney is unchanged. Hatmaker said he is working with the state to reinstate his license.
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