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Driver accused of going 108 mph.

John Thompson • May 11, 2020 at 11:14 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A Unicoi man faces several charges after he was reportedly clocked on radar travelling at 108 mph. on U.S. Highway 19E on Saturday.

Dylan Christopher Renfro, 25, was charged with reckless driving, evading arrest, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, possession of a schedule VI drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to exercise due care and driving on revoked license, third offense.

Trooper Ryan Brackett of the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that on Saturday he saw a Dodge pickup truck driving south on U.S. Highway 19E at a high rate of speed. He said the truck was weaving in and out of traffic in a reckless manner. He said his radar indicated the truck was going 108 mph. in a 55 mph. speed zone.

As the cruiser turned to pursue the truck, Brackett said he noticed the truck take the Elizabethton Highway cutoff. As Brackett looked for the vehicle, he said he found it had run into a ditch on the Bristol Highway at Captain Avenue. He said the driver was attempting to back the truck out of the ditch.

Bracett said he then gave commands to the driver and a passenger to get out of the truck. He said the driver initially complied with the commands but when the trooper’s attention was focused on the passenger, he said the driver attempted to run. The trooper then chased after the drive into the woods. He said the Carter County Sheriff’s Department was able to take the man into custody and identified him as Renfro.

Renfro is scheduled to answer the charges against him on July 21 in Sessions Court.

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