JELLICO—A Jellico man was booked into the Campbell County Jail after police said he sped through town at speeds in excess of 100 m.p.h.
Officer Joseph Hopson was on patrol in the early morning hours of June 14 when he reportedly saw a vehicle make an illegal U-turn near Creekmore-Housely Drive. Hopson reportedly recognized the defendant as George Clayton Douglas, 42, 1349 Greenlee Lane, and had prior knowledge Douglas’s driver’s license was allegedly revoked.
Douglas nearly hit Hopson’s cruiser after the U-turn according to the report. Hopson reportedly had to swerve out of the roadway to avoid a collision.
When Hopson attempted to stop Douglas, he reportedly turned right onto Wooldridge Lane and accelerated to more than 100 m.p.h.. The speed limit there is 45 m.p.h.
Hopson was forced to terminate the chase because the road became too rough to continue.
Douglas was later arrested for felony evading arrest, driving on a revoked license (fourth offense), reckless driving, aggravated assault on an officer and failure to signal a turn.