Deputy Brian Nelson must have thought he was going to make a standard reckless driving stop when he spotted a car driving erratically near White Oak. Instead he got a high speed chase in dangerous road conditions.
Nelson chased the vehicle at speeds approaching 70 MPH on 25W. When the vehicle attempted to turn onto a unpaved road, lost control, and slid down a hill. Deputy Nelson reportedly saw the driver jump out of the still moving vehicle and flee into the woods.
Deputy Jeff Allen arrived a short time later to back Nelson up. After searching they eventually located the reported driver. They then arrested the driver, identified as Coty Malicoat, 20 years old of the Duff community.
What is believed to be drug evidence was confiscated and sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’ lab.
Malicoat is charged with for meth for resale, felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment (2 counts), possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on wrong side of the road, evading arrest, violation of registration law, possession of prohibited weapons, possession of schedule VI controlled substance and no driver’s license.