Johnson City man arrested for DUI after trying to evade officers

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com
A Johnson City man was arrested Sunday evening and charged with multiple offenses including DUI and resisting arrest following a pursuit on Gap Creek Road.
Randal Lynn Harrell, 45, 409 Rogers Lane, Johnson City, was charged with second offense DUI, evading arrest, resisting arrest and violation of the implied consent law.
According to reports, officers of the Carter County Sheriff's Department first encountered Harrell at approximately 7:15 p.m. while he was traveling on Gap Creek Road. CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson states in his police report that while he was traveling eastbound on Gap Creek Road, he observed a yellow Ford Thunderbird in front of him that was traveling behind a green Honda Civic.
"The Thunderbird was traveling very closely to the rear of the Honda and appeared to lightly bump the vehicle," Johnson states in his report. "After observing this I activated my emergency equipment in order to stop the Thunderbird."
According to the report by Johnson, the driver of the Thunderbird failed to stop the vehicle and continued at a moderate rate of speed until turning off onto Sheets Road. After turning onto Sheets Road, the vehicle accelerated, turning onto a private drive and then onto a trail through the woods.
"At this point, due to the weather and the grade of the trail, I exited my vehicle and continued to pursue the vehicle on foot," Johnson states in his report. "The vehicle stopped and the driver, who was later identified as (Harrell), continued fleeing on foot."
After a foot pursuit that lasted for approximately one-quarter of a mile, Johnson was able to overtake the subject and had to physically take him to the ground. "Once on the ground I began giving the subject verbal commands to place his hands behind his back, which the subject refused to do," Johnson states in his report. "At this point, a chemical agent and arm locks were applied until compliance was gained."
After Harrell was taken into custody, Johnson noticed a "strong odor of an alcoholic beverage" on Harrell's breath and located "a substantial amount" of alcoholic beverages in Harrell's car.
"Due to the subject's continued belligerence, a field sobriety test was not administered," Johnson states in his report. "After transport to the Carter County Jail, (Harrell) was advised of the Tennessee Implied Consent law but refused to submit to testing and refused to sign the form."
Harrell is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on August 26.