A chase around Madisonville late Tuesday night led to a Tellico Plains area man being arrested on drug charges.

Monroe County Narcotics Agent James Wall said it was around 10:15 p.m. when he saw a red truck driving toward Sweetwater on New Highway 68 near the Motor Inns of America and noticed it was moving at high speed.

Wall said he watched the truck turn onto Englewood Road then onto Oklahoma Street without using a turn signal, still allegedly speeding before turning onto Harrill Street, once again not using a turn signal.

Wall said he tried to make a traffic stop, but the truck kept going, turning onto Highway 411 then back onto Highway 68 before turning onto Community Drive, nearly striking another vehicle before turning onto Hill Loop and then into a gravel driveway.

According to Wall, the truck drove through a yard and into a power line clearing and the officer stopped the case as the terrain was too rough to drive across.

Wall turned out to be right about the terrain as the truck was found a short time later stuck down in an embankment. The truck was empty, but a search of it allegedly turned up a small amount of suspected meth, a set of digital scales, a syringe and a glass smoking pipe with a white burnt residue in it.

Wall said a short time later Deputy Katy Watson spotted a man walking near her residence on Community Drive and Deputies Trey Kilby and Dalton Rinehart came and found the man, identifying him as David Harden.

Officers said Harden was sweating heavily and having trouble breathing while stating he usually did not run from the police.

Harden, 39, Cagle Road, Tellico Plains, was charged with possession of meth, evading arrest and driving on a revoked license.

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