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ATV driver arrested near Kentucky line

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By PETER SAWYER

 Last Thursday, a Jellico man was arrested near the Kentucky line after wrecking his all terrain vehicle.

Jellico Police Officer Adam Jarboe responded to the Kentucky state line to assist Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Lawson in his pursuit of Gary Wayne Douglas, 46, 667 Woolridge Lane, Jellico.

Lawson was attempting to stop Douglas from operating the ATV on the roadway, Jarboe said. During Jarboe’s involvement in the pursuit, he clocked Douglas driving the ATV 45 miles per hour in a neighborhood with a 20 mile per hour speed limit, Jarboe said.

When Jarboe caught up with Lawson at the junction of Welch Street and Meyers Street, Douglas wrecked the ATV, Jarboe said. Once Douglas was off the ATV, he allegedly tried to hide his hands, not listening to the officers demands that he place them behind his back, Jarboe said.

Lawson and Jarboe were able to gain control of him after a brief struggle, Jarboe said.

Jarboe discovered Douglas had a DUI revoked license and a prior DUI conviction, Jarboe said. Douglas allegedly showed signs of nystagmus during the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, which indicated he was under the influence of an intoxicant, Jarboe said.

Jarboe allegedly found a wrench and a pair of wire cutters in Douglas’s jacket pocket Jarboe believed Douglas may have used in a theft. Douglas allegedly had two large pieces of iron Jarboe believed were stolen out of Kentucky.

Douglas was charged with felony evading arrest, resisting arrest, possession of burglary tools, theft of property under $500, habitual motor vehicle offender and reckless endangerment.