Monday, November 2, 2009

Chase Leads To Third Offense DUI Charges

Third offense DUI charges have been filed against a Putnam County man who allegedly led authorities on an extended chase over the weekend. The sheriff's department says it began at the Kroger store in Cookeville where a man had left his car parked in the fire lane, with the engine running, while he went inside. The car, a 1996 Mustang, was gone by the time he returned. A short time later, sheriff's deputy Scott Stockton was dispatched to a report of a reckless driver on Buffalo Valley Road, and found the vehicle to be that missing Mustang. Stockton says he stopped the vehicle, but says the driver -- identified as 35-year-old Houston Howard Jared of Rock Springs Road -- allegedly took off just as he was approaching the car. That began a chase which led officers down Buffalo Valley Road, through Baxter, to Ensor Hollow Road and ultimately to a home on Rock Springs Road. Jared was taken into custody and charged with drunk driving for the third time, as well as reckless endangerment, theft, evading arrest, resisting arrest, and driving on a suspended license.