Man charged with DUI, stealing car

By Abby Morris-Frye
star staff

  A Stoney Creek teenager was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with DUI and theft after police reportedly observed him driving in a reckless manner in a vehicle which had been reported stolen.
  Justin Eric Harrell, 18, 214 Dove Lane, was arrested Tuesday night around 7:40 p.m. by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Sarah Ryan and charged with DUI, reckless driving, evading arrest, theft over $1,000 and driving without a license. He was also served with an outstanding warrant charging him with theft under $500 and an Attachment Pro Corpus out of Carter County Juvenile Court.
  According to reports, shortly after 7:30 p.m., Ryan observed a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo traveling east on Lover's Lane headed toward U.S. Highway 91 at an "extremely high" rate of speed. "(I) proceeded after the vehicle and observed the vehicle recklessly weaving in and out of traffic causing many vehicles to take evasive action to avoid collision with the Chevrolet," states Ryan in her report, adding that she activated the emergency lights and siren on her police cruiser and attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. "The Chevrolet was slowed by traffic and eventually pulled over to the side of the roadway near Frank Shaffer Drive."
  At that time, according to Ryan's report, the driver, who was later identified as Harrell, exited the Chevrolet and attempted to flee the scene on foot. Ryan then exited her police cruiser and began a foot pursuit of the subject, apprehending him less than one-quarter of a mile away from where he had fled the vehicle.
  "He was discovered not to have a driver's license on his person. He had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath, glassy eyes and slurred speech," Ryan states in her report. "He was arrested and transported to the Carter County Jail. At the jail, he submitted to a B.A.C. test which the results were .12."
  At that time, officers discovered the outstanding warrant and Attachment and served Harrell with those papers.
  "During the investigation, it was discovered that the vehicle, a 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, that Harrell was operating was owned by Jamie and Cassondra Miller, was stolen from Free Service Tire in Kingsport," Ryan states in her report.
  Ryan then spoke to Officer Thomas Wayt of Kingsport who advised that the vehicle had been parked on the lot of Free Service Tire and that another vehicle was left parked at the location, according to reports. "A records check revealed that the vehicle was registered to Justin Harrell," Ryan states in her report.
  Harrell is scheduled to appear in Carter County General Sessions Court on Dec. 21.