Phillips takes police on chase

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By Jennifer Caldwell

An alleged drunk driver dug a deeper hole when he made the decision to run from the law last week.

While on patrol last Thursday LaFollette Police Officer Tony Rucker was advised to be on the look out for a possible drunk driver.

When Rucker spotted the vehicle driven by Marvin Wayne Phillips, 53, of 405 North 9th Street, traveling west in the east bound lane of West Iron Street he activated his lights and siren in an attempt to initiate a traffic stop.

Phillips allegedly pulled into the parking lot of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, but as Rucker approached the vehicle Phillips allegedly accelerated in an attempt to flee.  

After being stopped at the end of a dead end road, Phillips attempted to walk away and refused to stand still when ordered to, according to Rucker’s report.

As Rucker tried to handcuff Phillips the violator “started jerking his arms away.”

Rucker reported smelling a strong odor of alcohol about Phillip’s person as well as bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

A check of Phillips information concluded that he had four prior convictions of driving under the influence as well as four convictions for driving on a revoked license and is listed as a habitual motor vehicle offender.

Phillips was arrested and charged with felony evading arrest, evading arrest, resisting arrest, habitual motor vehicle offender, violation of the financial responsibility law, driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license and seat belt violation.  He is scheduled to appear in court on July 10.