Charges piling up for Church Hill motorist

Jeff Bobo • Apr 16, 2007 at 11:33 AM

MOUNT CARMEL - A Church Hill man who was hit with 12 charges last week including child endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and DUI after having two accidents back to back now has another six charges to add to the list.

Michael Allen Tipton, 39, 471 Okalona Road, was arrested early Monday morning after he allegedly fled from a Mount Carmel Police Department officer who attempted to stop him for speeding.

MCPD Officer Kevin Ewing said he clocked Tipton at 58 mph in a 45 mph zone on Carters Valley Road around 12:15 a.m.

When Ewing pulled out and activated the blue lights to initiate a traffic stop, Tipton allegedly accelerated to more than 90 mph before turning onto Okalona Road.

Ewing followed the older model flatbed truck being driven by Tipton as it turned again on Collins Road before stopping.

Upon taking Tipton into custody, Ewing observed a white powdery substance around Tipton's nostrils, as well as a white powdery substance that appeared to have been poured out onto the floorboard. Ewing estimated that he recovered about a teaspoon of white powder believed to be cocaine from the floorboard.

"He told me the white powder was flour and that he'd purchased flour that day at the store and spilled some on the floor of his truck," Ewing said. "I asked him how it got on his nostrils, and he said he didn't know."

Also on the floorboard Ewing allegedly found a marijuana cigarette.

Tipton was charged Monday with felony reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest, possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of Schedule VI narcotics, speeding and failure to show proof of insurance.

His passenger, Keila Taylor, 30, same address, was also charged Monday with possession of Schedule IV narcotics after Ewing allegedly found 24 Xanax pills in a metal container in her purse.

At the time of their arrest Monday morning, Tipton and Taylor were both free on bond stemming from the April 2 accidents.

While 12 charges were placed against Tipton on April 2, Taylor, a passenger then as well, was only charged with public intoxication.

Mount Carmel police allege that shortly before midnight on April 2 Tipton was driving a Chevrolet Silverado when he sideswiped a volunteer firefighter on Independence Avenue and then continued on and hit a guardrail on Lewis Lane. Police said Tipton had two children in his pickup at the time of the accidents, ages 6 and 9, and neither was wearing a seat belt.

Mount Carmel police found Tipton stuck in a ditch on Lewis Lane, smoking his tires trying to free his vehicle.

Tipton told police he was on his way to McDonald's to buy his children a corn dog at midnight.

Aside from two counts of child endangerment, Tipton was charged April 2 with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, simple possession of marijuana, two counts of violation of the child restraint law, violation of the implied consent law, failure to show proof of insurance, violation of the seat belt law, registration violation, and driving left of center.

Tipton and Taylor were being held without bond Monday evening in the Hawkins County Jail pending a hearing Wednesday before Judge David Brand.

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