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Hamblen driver stopped for speeding picks up eighth felony VHMO charge

Jeff Bobo • Aug 5, 2014 at 7:39 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hamblen County man who has been classified as a habitual motor offender since 1998 picked up his eighth felony "violation of the Habitual Motor Offender Act" charge Saturday after being stopped for speeding in Surgoinsville.

Around 6:30 p.m. Saturday Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Deputy Josh Byrd reportedly observed a 1997 Chrysler CXI traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 11-W in Surgoinsville.

Byrd confirmed by radar that the vehicle driven by Andrew Travis Woody, 43, 1040 Brady Road, White Pine, was traveling 72 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Byrd conducted a traffic stop and was informed by Woody that he didn't have a driver's license.

A computer check revealed, however, that Woody was first declared a habitual motor offender in 1998 in Jefferson County.

Since then Woody has acquired seven felony convictions for violation of the Habitual Motor Offender Act including in 2001 in Hamblen County; 2004 in Hawkins County; 2007 in Hamblen County; twice in 2009 in Jefferson County; and twice in Jefferson County in 2013.

Woody also had an outstanding arrest warrant from Catoosa, Ga. for failure to appear on a drug possession charge.

Woody was charged Saturday with violation of the Habitual Motor Offender act eighth offense, as well as speeding, and driving on a revoked license.

He was also served with a warrant for being a fugitive from justice.

Woody was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions court, and remained held without bond in the Hawkins County Jail.

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