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Arrest made in 100 mph chase that ended in crash, meth discovery

September 10th, 2015 12:29 pm by Jeff Bobo

Arrest made in 100 mph chase that ended in crash, meth discovery

Mitch Lois Butler, 34

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who had been wanted for two weeks after allegedly leading police on a 100 mph chase that ended in a crash was arrested Tuesday on multiple outstanding traffic and drug warrants.

At the time of his arrest Tuesday, Mitch Lois Butler, 34, 210 Coates Road, Bulls Gap, was also wanted for failure to appear on theft and tampering with evidence charges stemming from him getting caught shoplifting at the Rogersville Walmart on Aug.18.

Butler allegedly swallowed a baggy of meth when police responded to the Walmart shoplifting complaint, and he was taken to the Hawkins County Memorial Hospital.

He was then cited into Sessions Court, rather than going to jail after being discharged from the hospital, but failed to appear in court on Aug. 26.

That may have been because he was already wanted on new, more serious charges after a late night police chase on Aug. 25.

On that date shortly before 11 p.m. HCSO Cpl. Jeremy Nash was patrolling Rt. 66-S near the Rt. 70-S intersection south of Rogersville when he reportedly observed a white Chrysler 300 pull out of Cherokee Apartments northbound on Rt. 66-S with no tail lights.

Nash stated in his report that he paced the Chrysler at 76 mph in a 55 mph zone before initiating a traffic stop.

The Chrysler stopped near the Thorps Chapel Road intersection, but as Nash exited his patrol car, the Chrysler did a U-turn and fled south on Rt. 66-S

Nash said the Chrysler exceeded 100 mph during the pursuit, and crossed into the northbound lane to pass vehicles in his lane.

The driver attempted to make a right hand turn at Ridge Road, but failed to negotiate a curve and went through a field.

Nash said he lost sight of the Chrysler on Ridge Road until he came upon the vehicle crashed into a barb wire fence.

The driver had apparently bailed out of the car and fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Nash said he found several items in the car which led him to believe Mitch Butler was the driver.

Upon searching the Chrysler Nash allegedly found several small plastic baggies containing a “glass-like substance” believed to be meth.

Nash also allegedly found one marijuana cigarette, a digital scale, two syringes, rolling papers, and a burnt spoon with residue.

With regards to the Aug. 25 chase Butler was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, felony evading arrest, driving on a revoked license 6th offense, speeding, and simple possession of meth.

He was arraigned Wednesday in Sessions court, and a Sept. 28 preliminary hearing was scheduled.

Butler remains held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond pending that hearing.

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