Monday, May 18, 2009

Knoxville Man Facing Numerous Charges

A Knoxville man is facing a number of charges today after being stopped by Cookeville police who had received a complaint about an erratic driver on I-40. Officer Jamey McCurry says he spotted the vehicle as it passed the Cookeville exit, but when he attempted to stop it, the driver continued down the highway, ignoring the officer's blue lights and travelling for about two miles -- never more than 80 miles an hour -- before finally stopping. The driver was identified as 50-year-old Robert Allen Lee of Tennessee Avenue in Knoxville. McCurry says Lee was unable to open the door of the vehicle after he got it stopped and also failed several field sobriety tests. A check on the registration revealed that the car, a 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass, had been reported stolen. According to McCurry, Lee allegedly admitted to drinking, but did not admit to stealing the car. He was also found to be driving on a revoked license and to have been convicted of being a habitual driving offender. He'll be in court on the latest charges next month.