Police chases end with pair of arrests
Two drivers were arrested on multiple charges following separate police pursuits in Union City over the weekend.
The first incident apparently occurred about 9:30 p.m. Friday and resulted in the arrest of Timothy Mark Dickson, 51, of 1089 Elm St., Union City, on charges of driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, evading arrest, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and violation of the implied consent law, according to a Union City Police Department report.
In the second incident about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, police and sheriff’s deputies arrested Joseph Cordell Brewer, 44, of 1115 East Cheatham St., Union City, on charges of evading arrest, driving under the influence, reckless endangerment and theft of property over $1,000, a Union City Police Department report indicates.
Regarding the alleged incident involving Dickson, a Union City police officer reported he was operating radar about 9:19 p.m. Friday in the 1700 block of East Reelfoot Avenue when he clocked a vehicle doing 67 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer said he attempted to stop the car but the driver accelerated, pulling into a turning lane and passing other vehicles “with disregard to the safety of others,” according to the report.
Police reported the driver made a left turn onto Highland Avenue and accelerated again, then tried to make a right turn on Norwood Drive but was unable to make the turn due to the high rate of speed. The vehicle slid into the intersection of Highland Avenue and Norwood Drive, hit a curb on the northeast side of the intersection and came to a stop north of the intersection.
The officer reported he ordered the driver out of the car and officers attempted to handcuff him, but he allegedly tried to resist by not giving them his left hand and trying to pull away. Police reported they detected a strong odor of alcohol and noted the driver was “very combative and belligerent.”
A check of Dickson’s driver’s license showed it had been suspended for default on an agreed order, according to the report.
Police said Dickson was taken to the emergency room of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City due to bleeding from his mouth. At the hospital, police reported officers read him an implied consent form and he allegedly refused to give a blood sample. He was treated and released, then taken to the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex on the multiple charges levied against him.
Dickson’s passenger, Jessica Gray Washburn, 37, also of 1089 Elm St., Union City, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication, police reported.
In the alleged incident involving Brewer, a Union City police officer reported he heard through dispatch about 4:30 a.m. Saturday that the Obion County Sheriff’s Department had a vehicle allegedly refusing stop. The vehicle was reported to be southbound on North Clover Street in Union City when the officer headed that direction and then a short time later was reported to be in the area of the city swimming pool. The officer reported he went east on East Main Street and upon crossing South Miles Avenue observed a vehicle traveling westbound on East Main Street “at a high rate of speed.”
The officer said he tried to obtain the vehicle’s license number and upon turning around observed the driver, who was later identified as Brewer, fail to stop at a stop sign at East Main Street and Miles Avenue and then again at East Main Street and Nailling Drive, according to the police report.
The vehicle continued westbound on East Main Street and the officer reported he could only estimate the vehicle to be going “in excess of 100 mph.”
While four blocks behind the vehicle, the officer said he observed brake lights come on and the driver attempt to make a right turn off East Main Street into North Morgan Street. The vehicle apparently was going too fast, though, and the driver could not make the turn, instead knocking down a stop sign at East Main Street and North Morgan Street, jumping a small embankment and causing damage to the front yard and hedges at 524 East Main St. before coming to rest just prior to striking the front porch of the home, according to the report.
The officer said as he approached, the driver’s door of the vehicle came open and Brewer stepped out. The officer reported he told the driver to stop and get on the ground, but he allegedly refused and started to run before being taken to the ground by another officer after only a few steps.
Police checked Brewer for injuries related to the accident and indicated he had a laceration that required medical attention. Regional Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and Brewer was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City for treatment.
Union City police reported that the Obion County Sheriff’s Department would be levying the charges against Brewer in connection with the incident.
Published in The Messenger 12.31.07