Drug suspect allegedly leads Hawkins deputies on chase

Jeff Bobo • Feb 24, 2013 at 8:58 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Johnson City man accused of drug charges in Hawkins County last week was arrested after allegedly leading authorities on a high-speed chase.

David Edward Schreck, 24, 1014 Katie’s Way, Johnson City, was apprehended by Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators early Thursday morning after the engine failed in the vehicle he was using.

Shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday, an HCSO Narcotics Unit officer was conducting drug interdiction operations on the Rogersville portion of Highway 11-W.

During that operation, the officer reportedly observed a red 2000 Honda Accord traveling east on 11-W with a headlight out.

Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said a traffic stop was then attempted, at which time the vehicle accelerated. HCSO Cpl. Brian Boggs was also present and assisted in the vehicle pursuit.

“The vehicle continued to ignore blue lights and siren and continued to flee eastbound for approximately four miles, at which time officers noticed the suspect vehicle beginning to gradually slow down from what appeared to be engine problems,” Lawson said. “The vehicle continued to flee for approximately another mile before apparent engine failure forced the driver to bring the vehicle to a stop in the median near the intersection of Surgoinsville Creek Road.”

Schreck was arrested without further incident. Officers allegedly detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from Schreck’s vehicle.

Schreck allegedly admitted he did have marijuana inside a red backpack. Schreck then allegedly consented to a search of his vehicle and its contents.

Inside the backpack, officers allegedly recovered a bag of marijuana and items associated with marijuana trafficking, such as plastic bags and digital scales.

Officers also seized about $370 in cash suspected to be the proceeds of illegal drug transactions, as well as a small amount of Clonazepam, which is a Schedule IV controlled substance.

Lawson added, “Officers also recovered a handwritten drug ledger, which is commonly used by drug sellers to keep track of their sales and who owes them money and for what amount of drugs.”

Schreck’s vehicle and the cash were seized, and he was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule IV narcotics, felony evading arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

As of Sunday, Schreck remained held in the Hawkins County jail on $75,000 bond pending arraignment Wednesday.

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