Man charged with DUI after nearly striking officer's vehicle

From Staff Reports
A 26-year-old city man was arrested Saturday night on drug and alcohol charges after his vehicle nearly collided with that of a sheriff's deputy.
Peter Shane Burke, 930 E. Pine Ridge Circle, was arrested by Carter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Patrick Johnson and charged with first offense DUI, violation of the implied consent law, possession of Schedule VI narcotics and possession of Schedule III narcotics.
According to reports, Johnson and CCSD Deputy Albert Nave had been observing traffic on Minton Hollow Road and had just pulled out traveling south on that road.
"At this time a vehicle approached me traveling northbound at a high rate of speed and on my side of the roadway," Johnson states in his report. "After swerving to avoid the vehicle it passed, the vehicle then had to take evasive action in order to avoid striking Deputy Nave's unit, causing (Burke's) vehicle to begin to skid out of control and run into a ditch and back onto the roadway."
After the vehicle came to a stop, the officers approached the vehicle and asked the driver, who was later identified as Burke, to step out of the vehicle. "While exiting the vehicle, the driver appeared somewhat unsteady on his feet and his eyes were red and glassy," Johnson states in his report. "While speaking to (Burke) he was noted to have slurred, thick-tongued speech."
At that time, Johnson reports that he asked Burke if he had consumed any alcohol or had taken any narcotics. Burke advised officers that he had a prescription for Klonopin, according to the report.
"I asked (Burke) if he cared if I looked inside his vehicle to which he invited me to do so, stating that he had nothing illegal in the vehicle," Johnson states in his report. "Upon entering the vehicle I looked under the driver's seat where I discovered a sandwich bag containing four white pills. Three were identified as Lortab and one was identified as Xanax."
At that time, officers placed Burke through a series of field sobriety tests which he was unable to complete to the satisfaction of the officers, according to reports. He was then taken into custody.
He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on August 26.