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Man faces multiple charges after reportedly drag racing

June 19th, 2013 9:27 pm by Staff Reports

Man faces multiple charges after reportedly drag racing

Eddie Lee Perkins

A Johnson City man was cited with multiple charges after police saw him reportedly drag racing on his motorcycle on June 12, according to a police report.

According to the report, a Johnson City police officer saw two motorcycles speeding on West State of Franklin Road traveling eastbound and when the officer tried to stop the motorcycles, the lead motorcycle turned onto Sevier Street and then onto Lamont Street. Police were able to stop the motorcycle when it slowed due to gravel on the road.

Officers made contact with the driver, Eddie Lee Perkins, 46, 1156 Huffine Road, who allegedly had “hazed eyes” and smelled of alcohol.

According to the report, Perkins said he was unaware of how fast he was going, but admitted to racing the other motorcyclist. 

Perkins agreed to field sobriety testing and did not pass. He was taken into custody and a driver’s license check showed he had three prior DUI convictions, according to the report.

Perkins was taken to Johnson City Medical Center for a mandatory blood sample and while waiting on medical personnel he made threats toward the arresting officer and shoved him.

According to the report, the officer, with the assistance of other officers, took Perkins out to the patrol car with Perkins reportedly kicking the sliding glass door into the emergency room.

The officer was forced to restrain Perkins’ legs and was then able to transport him to the Washington County Detention Center, where he was held on $20,000 bond.

He was charged with driving under the influence fourth offense, drag racing, reckless driving, resisting arrest, violation of implied consent and speeding.

Perkins was scheduled to appear in court today at 1:30 p.m.

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