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Tellico Police chase approaches 100 mph

Last updated: 9:54 PM, 05/13/2008

Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate

SWEETWATER-A high speed chase in Tellico Plains this past weekend led to a man being arrested on several charges, including felony possession of marijuana.

Tellico Plains Police Officer Travis Jones reported he attempted to stop Perry D. West, Cannon Ridge Road, Tellico Plains, after West illegally passed him in the emergency lane on Scott Street.

Jones turned on his blue lights in an attempt to stop West, but the suspect sped up, forcing Jones to give chase.

The pursuit went up Highway 68 toward Coker Creek, with speeds reaching 100 miles per hour. On several occasions, as the chase progressed, West threw beer bottles out of his car in an attempt to hit Jones' patrol car.

The chase topped the mountain at about 90 mph, according to Jones. When they passed West Saw Mill, West went around a sharp curve at 80 mph and went into a ditch on the left side of the road next to The Quilt Rack.

Jones exited his vehicle with weapon drawn and approached the truck as West revved the motor of his vehicle in an attempt to get out of the ditch. However, the truck was turned over on its side and wouldn't move.

As Jones approached the truck, Tellico Plains K-9 Officer Mike Morgan, Tellico Plains Police Chief Bennie Houser and Monroe County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Dewayne Mason arrived on the scene.

Jones and Morgan proceeded to pull West out of the drivers side window as the door would not open wide enough for him to exit on his own.

When West reached his feet, he was unsteady and had an odor of alcohol on his person. Houser asked him how many beers he'd consumed and West replied that he'd had a 12 pack or more, that it was Friday night bar night.

West said he had just left the bar and was going home before going hunting with a friend in West Tennessee. Houser then administered a field sobriety test which West failed.

West was placed under arrest for DUI and transported to the police department. While waiting for a wrecker, Houser and Mason searched the vehicle and found a brown shopping bag which contained two sandwich bags filled with a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

There were also empty sandwich bags, scales and a .38 special gun loaded with hollow point bullets. The substance believed to be marijuana carried a total weight of 52 grams (just under two ounces) and was sent to the TBI crime lab.

West was charged with DUI, felony possession of marijuana and felony fleeing to avoid arrest.

He was then transported to the Monroe County Jail.

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