City man arrested following police pursuit

By Abby Morris-Frye
star staff
  An Elizabethton man was arrested late Sunday night and charged with multiple offenses after he reportedly led law enforcement officers on a pursuit that ended after he flipped the SUV he was driving and fled the scene of the crash on foot only to be apprehended a short distance later.
  Curtis James Dugger, 19, 1707 Southside Drive, was arrested by officers of the Elizabethton Police Department and an agent of the First Judicial District Drug Task Force and charged with criminal trespassing, evading arrest, evading arrest while operating a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, speeding, failure to obey traffic control signals (stop signs), and failure to obey a traffic control device (traffic light).
  According to police reports, officers were dispatched to the C building of Lynnwood Apartments in reference to an individual being on the property who was on the no trespassing list. "While en route, Comm. Center (the 911 Communications Center) advised that Dugger would be driving a white Jeep Cherokee," states a police report filed by the DTF agent. "As this officer entered the complex, I observed a white Jeep Cherokee driven by Dugger leaving the complex."
  At that time, the DTF agent turned his police vehicle around in an attempt to initiate a traffic stop on the subject, however, according to the report, the vehicle driven by Dugger sped up in an attempt to avoid apprehension.
  "Dugger turned left onto Cody and then turned right onto Berry. (I) continued down Bluefield and turned left onto Conley. (I) was able to get behind the vehicle on Old Siam Road," states the DTF agent in his report. "At this time (I) activated blue lights and attempted a traffic stop. Instead of pulling over, Dugger sped up and ran the stop sign at the intersection of Old Siam Road and Siam Road. Dugger then turned onto Sunset then right onto Walker running the stop sign at the intersection. Dugger continued on Walker to Bluefield running the red light at the intersection and turning left onto Bluefield. Dugger continued on Bluefield to the 19E intersection at which time he ran the red light and turned south on 19E.
  "As Dugger approached CVS Pharmacy, he attempted to make a right onto Peter Hampton. The vehicle's speed was excessive to the point that as Dugger made the turn, the Jeep went onto two wheels and continued over flipping upside down onto its roof."
  The DTF agent states in his report that as he approached the vehicle he observed Dugger attempting to pull himself from the wreckage and ordered Dugger not to move. As the DTF agent was exiting his vehicle, Dugger freed himself from the wrecked Jeep and began to flee the scene on foot.
  "After a brief foot pursuit ending behind Street's Flea Market (I) managed to take Dugger to the ground and place him under arrest," states the DTF agent in his police report.
  After being taken into custody, Dugger was asked to submit to a chemical blood test, to which he consented, and he was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital. "If the blood comes back positive for drugs, then he may be charged with DUI," states the DTF agent in his report.
  Following his arrest, Dugger was also served with two outstanding warrants charging him with violation of probation. Dugger is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Dec. 13.