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Biker allegedly admits having 'good buzz' after police chase

May 1st, 2014 11:49 pm by Jeff Bobo

Biker allegedly admits having 'good buzz' after police chase


CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man who allegedly fled from police Tuesday evening along several Church Hill residential streets before ending up in someone's yard allegedly stated he wasn't intoxicated but he had "a good buzz."

Jonathan Ryan Davenport, 42, 706 Willis Ave., Church Hill, was arraigned Wednesday on a laundry list of charges including DUI second offense, drug possession, evading arrest, resisting arrest, theft, and seven other traffic charges.

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Deputy Bobby Moffitt reportedly spotted a Kawasaki 650 traveling in the oncoming lane of Old Union Avenue as it crossed the center line at 41 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Moffitt stated in his report that when he activated his lights and attempted a traffic stop the bike turned onto North Central Avenue and passed a truck on a double yellow line.

Moffitt reportedly pursued the motorcycle onto Miller Wood Road, Lloyds Chapel Road, Old Stage Road, Carolyn Avenue and then onto Montgomery Avenue. Along the way Moffitt allegedly observed Davenport speeding up to 79 in a 30 mph zone and ignoring two stop signs.

On Montgomery Avenue Davenport failed to negotiate a curve and traveled into the front yard at 333 Montgomery Ave.

Moffitt stated in his report that he blocked Davenport's path when he tried to drive back onto the road.

"I then told the driver to get off the bike, at which time he tried to back up," Moffitt said. "I was able to take the driver off the bike, and he began resisting arrest. After a brief struggle I was able to take him into custody."

Davenport allegedly smelled of alcohol and admitted he'd had two beers and some Suboxone.

After failing his field sobriety tests Moffitt asked him if he would have ran if he wasn't impaired, to which Davenport replied no.

"I asked him if he was intoxicated and he stated, 'no, just really lightheaded, like having a good buzz.'"

Davenport was allegedly found to be in possession of two gabapentin pills which he said had been given to him by a friend.

There was no information available about a theft under $500 charge also placed against Davenport.

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