Hawkins man facing meth trafficking, gun charges after 100 mph THP chase

Jeff Bobo • Jan 14, 2020 at 7:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Surgoinsville man who allegedly led the Tennessee Highway Patrol on a 100 mph chase last week was arraigned Monday in Sessions Court on charges including meth trafficking, illegal gun possession, and felony evading arrest.

On Jan. 9 shortly before 11 p.m., THP Trooper Michael Draine reportedly observed a white motorcycle traveling on Highway 11-W that had a registration for a red 2009 Kawasaki.

When Draine attempted to make a traffic stop, the rider, later identified as Brandon Matthew Maultbay, 25, 969 Main St., allegedly fled eastbound on 11-W.

Draine stated in his report that the pursuit lasted for about 15 minutes, during which time Maultbay reached 100 mph, crossed the center line, and failed to stop at any red lights or stop signs along the way.

Maultbay eventually traveled off the right side of Carters Valley Road into a field, got off the motorcycle and fled on foot, and was taken into custody following a brief foot pursuit.

Maultbay was allegedly found to be in possession of an unspecified quantity of meth in a baggy in his left front pants pocket. He also allegedly had a loaded .380 Taurus handgun in his right front pants pocket.

A search of Maultbay’s backpack allegedly located a digital scale, clear baggies, and a glass pipe.

Maultbay was arraigned on charges including felony evading arrest, possession of meth with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a weapon, driving while in possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, speeding, stop sign violation, altered serial number, failure to obey traffic control devices, failure to maintain due care, expired driver’s license, driving left of center, and resisting arrest.

He was being held in the Hawkins County Jail on $75,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing set for Jan. 27.

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