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DUI chase suspect claims dead brother was chasing him

Jeff Bobo • Jan 10, 2019 at 9:15 PM

MOUNT CARMEL — A Kingsport man who allegedly led a Hawkins County Deputy on a vehicular pursuit Tuesday evening through a residential yard and driveway later reportedly told police he was being chased by his deceased brother.

After police had arrested Charles Lee Murray, they reportedly found 5.5 Subutex pills missing from his recently filled prescription bottle.

Around 9 p.m. Tuesday, HCSO Deputy Michael Allen responded to a complaint of a Ford Explorer driving through and vandalizing a yard on Big Oak Drive in the small section of incorporated Mount Carmel on the north side of Carters Valley Road.

Allen stated in his report that he observed the Ford Explorer traveling south on Big Oak Road with no lights on, at which time Allen activated his blue lights and siren.

The Explorer then reportedly turned onto Carolina Street, accelerated, and drove through another yard and driveway and into the woods where Allen couldn't follow with his patrol car.

MCPD Officer Chris Vaughan reportedly met the Explorer as it was exiting the woods toward his location on Chesapeake Drive.

"He was ordered to the ground but refused to comply," Allen said. "He was then taken to the ground, and a brief struggle ensued to get him handcuffed. (Murray) was screaming that his dead brother was chasing him."

Allen reportedly observed that Murray, 28, 2416 E. Stone Drive, Kingsport, was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech, but he refused to submit to a field sobriety test or blood test.

Murray was arraigned Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges including felony evading arrest, vandalism, DUI, resisting arrest, violating the light law and violation of the Implied Consent law.

As of Thursday he was being held on $5,000 bond pending his next court date Jan. 16.

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