Stolen vehicles recovered
By Sparta Live | October 21, 2005 12:00 am
At approximately 4:45 p.m., Oct. 18, 2005, White County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to a call on Claude Loftis Road about a stolen truck.
Law enforcement officers were advised to proceed with caution because the suspect had possession of a weapon.
While en route to the location, White County deputies Craig Wilson and Lanny Wheeler met the vehicle on Heady Road, turned around and attempted to make a traffic stop on the 1990 red GM pickup truck.
The driver, Tracy Darren Grissom, 36, of Rock Island, pulled over in front of a residence on Walnut Grove Road. However, Grissom refused to cut the motor off when officers directed him to do so.
As additional officers approached the scene with sirens on, Grissom ‘took off’ across the homeowner’s yard and attempted to avoid capture by law enforcement. Grissom traveled Walnut Grove Road, ran the stop sign at Van Elrod Road, then continued on Van Elrod, where he ran a second stop sign at the intersection of Van Elrod and Roberts-Matthews Highway, almost striking another vehicle.
Grissom continued to evade officers and drove down Mullican Road, ran the stop sign at Mullican and Old Cookeville Road, then traveled onto Linville Road.
The suspect hit a fence and hay bales at the end of Linville Road where the road dead-ends.
Officers again conducted a felony stop on Grissom. The suspect would not comply with officers’ commands to get on the ground after he exited the truck. Grissom started running to jump a fence.
Grissom was forcibly taken to the ground and into custody. According to the report, the suspect fought with the officers while they were attempting to take him into custody.
A search of Grissom revealed a green leafy substance, believed to be marijuana, which was found in both front pockets of his pants.
Officers searched the vehicle and found several illegal items used in the manufacture of drugs.
The truck was towed to the White County impound lot.
Grissom was charged with two counts violation of probation, evading arrest, resist stop/arrest, reckless endangerment, driving on revoked / suspended, two counts drug manufacture / sale / delivery, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia, and two counts of theft of property. His bond was set at $119,000. Grissom is being held in the White County Justice Center.
Barnes facing numerous charges
At approximately 6:32 p.m., Oct. 8, 2005, White County Deputy Charles Sims observed a small car run through the intersection of Old Kentucky Road (U.S. 136) and Highway 70.
According to the report, the vehicle drove through the heavily traveled intersection at approximately 40 mph without attempting to stop and without the vehicle headlights turned on.
Sims pulled the car over and ran a computer check on the license number. The check revealed the car had been reported stolen from White County in September 2005.
Sims then came into contact with the driver, Timothy Eugene Barnes, 29, of Highland, Tenn. After Sims requested license, registration and proof of insurance, Barnes gave Sims his driver license and informed the deputy the car belonged to a friend named Phillip, but could not tell the officer Phillip’s last name.
Sims detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle, and he also observed several beer containers in the vehicle.
After being asked by the officer, Barnes told Sims he had drank three beers.
Sims requested Barnes exit the vehicle. The suspect attempted two field sobriety tasks, which he could not complete satisfactorily.
Barnes was placed under arrest. The suspected refused to submit to a blood alcohol test. He also refused to sign the implied consent form.
The suspect was transported to White County Justice Center and charged with driving under the influence (third offense), driving on suspended license, violation of implied consent law, possession of stolen property, and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.