BY KEN LITTLE
As promised, area law enforcement authorities are out in force this week, on the lookout for impaired drivers and other offenders.
Citizens can expect a "No Refusal" and high-visibility, safe-driving enforcement campaign during the 2012 Thanksgiving Holiday period, which began at 6 p.m. Wednesday and will end at midnight Sunday, Tennessee Highway Patrol Col. Tracy Trott said in a news release.
Local police have also stepped up their enforcement efforts:
* Russell Duane Blue, 39, of Doe Wood Lane, Knoxville, was charged Thursday with driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law following a two-vehicle crash, Greeneville police Officer Jeffery L. Sowers said in a report.
Blue smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and did poorly on field sobriety tests, the report said, and told officers he drank a bottle of wine prior to the wreck.
Blue refused to have blood drawn. He was not carrying a driver's license at the time of the crash, the report said.
He is held on $2,250 bond pending a Monday, Nov. 26, General Sessions Court appearance.
* William Craig Evans, 53, of 200 Remington Court, was charged with driving under the influence and possession of Schedule III and IV drugs, Greeneville police Officer Tommy Foster said in a report.
Police were running radar observance on East McKee Street when a Toyota truck was seen speeding. After the truck was pulled over, Evans was unsteady on his feet and did poorly on field sobriety tests, the report said.
Several pills not in a container were found in Evans' watch pocket, the report said.
Bond was set at $2,000, pending a Nov. 26 court appearance.
* Christopher Byron Hinkle, 26, of 103 Cumberland Drive, was charged with driving under the influence and felony counts of evading arrest and reckless endangerment Wednesday afternoon following a vehicle pursuit, Greeneville police Officer David Lewis said in a report.
Officers attempted to stop Hinkle on suspicion of DUI, and he allegedly ignored emergency lights and sirens activated on a patrol car after Hinkle pulled onto North Main Street.
He continued onto Hill Street, and his car spun out attempting to make a right-hand turn onto Locust Street from Church Street, the report said.
The car stalled, and Hinkle allegedly climbed out the driver's side window and attempted to flee on foot. He was apprehended a short distance away, the report said.
During the pursuit, Hinkle "passed cars on hills, ran Stop signs (and) caused vehicles to abruptly stop to avoid collisions," placing the public in "imminent danger," the report said.
Two unrelated forgery charges were filed against Hinkle in connection with stolen checks being passed Sept. 9 at a Greeneville business, reports said.
Bond for Hinkle was set at $26,000, pending a Nov. 26 court appearance.
* Mark Andrew Bean, 25, of 714 Phillips Town Road, was charged early Thursday with driving under the influence-third offense and violation of the implied consent law, Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Trooper Jeremy Shelton said in a report.
Troopers investigated a report of a car in a ditch on U.S. 11E south and found Bean locked in the car, "passed out," the report said.
It took about five minutes to awaken Bean, who had a strong small of alcohol, the report said.
Bean "thought he was in Morristown" and told troopers he had parked the vehicle where it was found, "but later asked me why I pulled him over," the report said.
Bean said he drank two shots and three beers earlier. He did poorly on field sobriety tests, the report said.
Bean is held on no bond pending a Nov. 26 court appearance.
* Jose A. Ortiz-Gonzalez, 32, of 75 Camelot St., was charged early today with driving under the influence-second offense and driving with a revoked license, THP Trooper Lee Cutshall said in a report.
Ortiz-Gonzalez was stopped for speeding on U.S. 11E north. He failed field sobriety tests, the report said.
Ortiz-Gonzalez had an open bottle of beer in the car. He was cited for an open container violation and not wearing a seat belt, the report said.
He is held on no bond pending a Nov. 26 court appearance.
* Jacalyn M. Malone, 26, of 221 Bowers Road, was charged with driving under the influence-second offense, driving on as revoked license-second offense, simple possession of Schedule IV and VI drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia, Greeneville police Officer Jeffrey L. Sowers said.
Malone's car was pulled over for speeding Thursday on West Andrew Johnson Highway, the report said.
Malone did poorly on field sobriety tests, and suspected marijuana was found in the car, along with a pipe containing marijuana residue, the report said.
A partially full bottle of beer was in the center console of the vehicle, the report said. Two Xanax pills were also found during a search, the report added.
Malone is held on no bond opending a Nov. 26 court appearance.
Nine people lost their lives on Tennessee roadways during last year's Thanksgiving Day Holiday period, Col. Trott said in the THP news release.
That's a decrease of 43.8 percent over the 16 deaths in 2010. One of the seven vehicle occupants killed during the 2011 Thanksgiving Holiday weekend was not wearing safety restraints.
Almost half -- 44.4 percent -- of those killed were alcohol-related deaths, Trott said.
As of Nov. 19, preliminary statistics indicate that 890 people have died on Tennessee roadways in 2012, an increase of 50 deaths compared to 840 fatalities at this same time a year ago, Trott said.