BY KEN LITTLE
A Greeneville man was charged Thursday with driving under the influence-fifth offense, drug possession and other charges after a vehicle pursuit downtown, Officer Eric Scott said in a report.
Shawn J. Hicks, 31, of 57 Birchwood Lane, was also charged with a felony count of evading arrest, possession of a Schedule II drug and driving on a revoked license-eighth offense.
Greeneville officers responded to a call of a car driving in an erratic manner that ran up on a curb.
"The vehicle was spotted [and] fled at a high rate of speed," the report said.
The car turned from Floral Street to Maple Avenue and then onto Cedar Street before officers lost sight of it. It was spotted nearby a short time later, and a chase began on Church Street that continued on several other streets.
Police caught up to the car at a red light on Arnold Road, but "when the suspect saw me approach, he immediately pulled out of traffic and onto Arnold Road and took off again," the report said.
Hicks pulled over on Cox Circle after a short chase, but refused requests to get out of the car and had to be forcibly removed, the report said.
Hicks had "very slurred and slow speech" and had difficulty responding to instructions from officers, the report said.
"Ten beers were gone from a 12-pack in his car, and a partial one had spilled on the front floorboard," it added.
Hicks was taken to Takoma Regional Hospital, where a mandatory blood sample was drawn.
A search after arrest turned up a "white powdery substance" in a coat pocket that field-tested positive for cocaine, the report said.
Hicks "fled at a high rate of speed on multiple city streets without regard to the safety of others," tke report stated.
A records check showed that Hicks has three prior DUI convictions in 2003 and one in 2010, all in Greene County, the report said.
Hicks was convicted of driving on a revoked license in Greene County in 2004, 2005, twice in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010, records show.
He was held on no bond pending a first scheduled appearance today in General Sessions Court.