Traffic violations led to a chase, a wreck and then a drug arrest Oct. 2.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Dakota Rinehart said it was just before 11 p.m. when he was stopped at a stop sign when he saw a car go by with a driver not wearing a seatbelt. He then saw the car turn onto County Farm Road from Old Tellico Highway and the driver did not stop for a stop sign at the intersection of County Farm Road and New Highway 68.

Rinehart said he tried to pull the car over, but the driver kept going down County Farm Road, reaching a speed of 75 mph at one point.

After some more driving, Rinehart said the driver rolled the car into a yard, almost hitting a house. Rinehart said he approached the car and found the driver to be uninjured and advised him of his Miranda rights.

The driver was identified as Drew Alexander Brooks and he reportedly told Rinehart he hadn’t meant to flee and then proved helpful by handing Rinehart a baggie with a green, leafy substance in it.

Rinehart then searched the vehicle and allegedly found a set of digital scales, two glass pipes and a container with more of the green, leafy substance in it.

Rinehart also found an 18 pack of alcoholic beverages but only 16 were in it. Brooks told Rinehart he was only transporting the alcohol to another location and it wasn’t his.

Rinehart said a check showed Brooks had a suspended license and he was wanted for violation of probation.

Brooks, 20, Atkins Road, Madisonville, was charged with felony evading arrest, felony reckless endangerment, being a minor in possession of/transporting alcohol, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license. He also received five traffic citations.

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