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KPD: DUI suspect fights officers in middle of Stone Drive

January 6th, 2014 1:38 pm by Rain Smith

KPD: DUI suspect fights officers in middle of Stone Drive

Deward Edward Smith

An intoxicated driver fought with two officers in the middle of Stone Drive on Sunday morning, according to police, and rolled "into oncoming traffic" while attempting to escape.

Deward Edward Smith, 44, of 1797 Stratford Road, is charged with multiple offenses, including felony reckless endangerment and resisting arrest. A Kingsport Police Department arrest report says the incident occurred at approximately 3 a.m., after Smith's Nissan Maxima was clocked at 60 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Police say a stop was conducted at East Stone Drive and Gibson Mill Road, where Smith brought his car to an "abrupt stop" in the middle of the intersection. An officer reports having to knock on the driver's side window to get Smith's attention, at which time he admitted to drinking several alcoholic beverages.

Smith was asked to turn off his ignition, as the officer observed the car to be smoking, but he refused to comply. He then allegedly attempted to flee and pushed the gas pedal — but the engine only revved because the car was still in park.

A second officer entered through the passenger side of Smith's vehicle and turned off the ignition. Police say Smith then exited the driver's side of his car and was taken to the ground by the original officer.

Smith reportedly refused to comply with police commands and attempted to get up. One officer sat on his stomach, but Smith reportedly rolled over and was able to raise to his hands and knees in the middle of the road.

Police say that's when a Taser was deployed. As the probes went into Smith's back he began rolling away from police to try and break the wires, and into the path of oncoming traffic. He was then drive stunned on his leg, with no projectiles fired, and placed under arrest.

Police say Smith consented to a blood draw and was transported to Indian Path Medical Center to have the Taser probe removed. A check of his license reportedly revealed he was a habitual traffic offender.

Smith is charged with two counts of felony reckless endangerment, speeding, DUI, resisting arrest and driving without insurance.  His car's taillights were also not functional, prompting a charge of violating light laws.

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