DUI suspect allegedly clocked at 101 mph

Jeff Bobo • Aug 4, 2008 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office arrested a DUI suspect early Saturday morning who was allegedly driving 101 mph on Route 66.

Sgt. Chad Gillenwater stated in his report that he encountered a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup traveling north on Route 66 at a high rate of speed.

As the pickup crossed the Holston River on the Hugh B. Day Bridge just south of Rogersville, Gillenwater allegedly caught it on radar traveling 101 mph.

“I then attempted to catch the vehicle, at which time it was intercepted and stopped on Route 66 by Rogersville officers Steve Nelson and James Hammonds,” Gillenwater stated in his report. “I arrived seconds later and identified the driver as Mr. James Garrison, who smelled strongly of an alcohol type beverage and appeared extremely intoxicated.”

Garrison, 40, 119 Morningside Drive, Rogersville, was administered a field sobriety test, which Gillenwater said he performed “poorly.”

Gillenwater stated in his report he also found an open container of alcohol in the pickup.

Garrison also allegedly refused to be administered a blood alcohol test.

He was charged with DUI, violation of the implied consent law, speeding 101 in a 55 mph zone, and driving with an open alcohol container.

An arraignment date of Aug. 13 was scheduled in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

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