News Herald Arrest Report
Police chase ends in arrest on drug, evasion charges
After leading police on a high-speed chase in the early morning hours Sunday, a Mascot man was taken into custody on drug and evasion charges after crashing his vehicle on Highway 72.
About 1:30 a.m., Loudon County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jamie Ketner saw a vehicle turn around in the middle of Highway 11 in Philadelphia, and after catching up with the driver, who was going 60-65 mph in a 45 mph zone, Ketner turned on his blue lights. The vehicle continued down the highway, according to the arrest report.
The driver, Kenneth J. Raper, 26, then ran a traffic light at the intersection of Highway 72 and 11 and turned left onto Highway 72. “The vehicle exceeded the posted speed limit in an attempt to flee,” Ketner wrote in his report.
An officer with Loudon Police Department put a spike strip down on the road, which punctured the vehicle’s right front tire, but the driver continued moving at speeds up to 90 mph, and Raper eventually crashed into the woods along Highway 72 near a boat ramp, Ketner wrote.
Ketner, who was assisted by other officers, approached the driver and found a shotgun shell and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. The passenger door was open, and the driver had fled on foot. After setting up a perimeter and deploying a K-9 dog, police eventually took Raper into custody.
Raper was transported to Fort Loudoun Medical Center to have his wounds treated and then taken to Loudon County Jail.
Inside the vehicle, officers found a marijuana pipe, a set of digital scales with white powder, baggies, a grinder and three containers, according to the arrest report. Raper’s license was found to have been revoked for a driving under the influence charge, and he had a warrant out of Knox County for failure to appear.
Raper was charged with driving on a revoked/suspended license, evading arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession/casual exchange and assisting other agency and held on $12,000 bond.
Harriman man jailed
A Harriman man was taken to Loudon County Jail after initially getting pulled over for a seat belt violation and an expired tag.
Noticing the driver of a blue Ford Crown Victoria not wearing his seat belt at Hines Valley Road and Highway 70, LCSO Deputy Kevin Dailey pulled up behind the vehicle and saw that the plate was expired.
After stopping the car, Dailey spoke with the driver, Brian Christopher Cox, 42, Harriman, who appeared “visually nervous with his hands shaking,” Dailey wrote in the arrest report.
Dailey told the deputy that his registration was expired, and he could not provide insurance information. “Due to the nervousness of Mr. Cox, I had him step outside of the vehicle to further question him,” Dailey wrote.
Cox told the officer that he did not have anything illegal in the car and refused a request to search the vehicle. A K-9 dog provided by Lenoir City Police Department alerted on the vehicle twice, according to the arrest report.
Police found three bags of marijuana in a lunch box that was located in the backseat of the car, along with a set of scales, according to the report. The marijuana weighed 2.61 ounces, according to police. “At this point Mr. Cox had his ... rights read to him where he waived them and stated that he was just trying to make his family some money by making some deals,” Dailey wrote.
Cox was charged with manufacture/sell/delivery/resale of a Schedule VI substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and released on $9,500 bond.
• Roger Dale Arwood, 38, Lenoir City, was charged with contempt of court and violation of probation and held on $2,000 bond.
• Jona Nicole Campbell, 38, Loudon, was charged with violation of probation and held on $1,000 bond.
• Thomas Matthew Elmore, 23, Sweetwater, was charged with driving under the influence and released without bond.
• James Matthew Kiser, 22, Sweetwater, was charged with theft and held on $1,000 bond.
• Ronald Matthew Lacy, 42, Oil Springs, Ky., was charged with theft of property and released on $20,000 bond.
• Trevor Wade Lambert, 39, Lenoir City, was charged with public intoxication and released on $1,000 bond. Responding to a call of a wreck at a restaurant in Lenoir City, police spoke with Lambert, who was standing in the middle of Kingston Street, and the man “seemed confused and had slurred speech,” according to the arrest report.
• David Morgan Turrentine, 40, Knoxville, was charged with driving under the influence and released without bond.
• Brittany Nicole McCulloch, 28, Lenoir City, was charged with driving under the influence, driving on a revoked/suspended license and violation of implied consent and held on $7,000 bond. Dispatched to a call of a wreck in front of a restaurant in Lenoir City, police found a black Jeep and a Chevrolet Cobalt in the middle of Kingston Street. The driver, McCulloch, displayed signs of intoxication, performed poorly on field sobriety tests and refused to provide a blood sample, according to the arrest report. A 2-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl were in the vehicle at the time of the wreck, according to police. A check through the National Crime Information Center revealed that McCulloch’s license was suspended.
• Brandon Lee Smith, 35, Loudon, was charged with driving on a revoked/suspended license and released on $1,000 bond.
• Brittany Renee Wright, 28, Lenoir City, was charged with contraband in a penal institution and held on $15,000 bond. LCSO Deputy Cody Bengel was walking through the booking area at Loudon County Jail when he detected the smell of marijuana coming from holding area six where Wright and another inmate were being housed. Bengel searched the cell and found a roach containing a leafy substance believed to be marijuana, along with multiple cigarettes and a lighter, according to officers.
• Michael Lance Courtney, 45, Lenoir City, was charged with felony domestic assault and released on $5,000 bond.
• Brian David Gann, 28, Harriman, was charged with violation of probation and contempt of court and held without bond.
• Craig Alan Jump, 35, Loudon, was charged with assault and released on $2,000 bond. A man told police that he was coaching in a youth football league at the old Loudon High School on Fort Hill Street when a parent, Jump, became upset and went onto the field to confront the man, who told Jump to leave the field twice. “Jump refused to leave and threw a water bottle at (the man), he then got up in (the man’s) face and was poking him in the chest,” according to the arrest report. The man “eventually” defended himself, and the two individuals had to be separated, according to police. The man told police that as he was going to his vehicle, Jump “made comments in reference to shooting” him.
• Darryl Wayne Smith, 39, Madisonville, was charged with driving under the influence and violation of implied consent and released on $4,000 bond, while Heather Nikole Arp, 34, Madisonville, was charged with public intoxication and released on $2,000 bond. LCSO Deputy Chris Hutchens found a man and woman passed out inside a silver Nissan Altima at the Tellico Dam boat ramp on Highway 444, according to the arrest report. Smith was in the driver’s seat and a passenger, Arp, was hunched over on the dash, according to Hutchens. Smith and Arp told police they had consumed alcohol earlier that day and both displayed signs of intoxication.
• Mark Anthony Stevens, 18, Loudon, was charged with failure to appear-general sessions and held on $1,000 bond.
• Tony Curtis Brown, 49, Knoxville, was charged with failure to appear-general sessions and released on $2,000 bond.
• Allyson Fay Fliegner, 34, Knoxville, was charged with violation of probation and released without bond.
• Russell Ray Gasche, 46, Lenoir City, was charged with driving on a revoked license-second offense and held without bond.
• Nathan Brandon Underwood, 27, Loudon, was charged with domestic assault and held on $1,000 bond.
• William Jerry Wathen, 87, Lenoir City, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and held without bond.
Lenoir City man charged with theft, trespass
A Lenoir City man was taken to Loudon County Jail after police found him in possession of a vehicle, TV and other items that weren’t his.
Responding to a call of a disturbance in the 4200 block of Waller Ferry Road in Lenoir City, Loudon County Sheriff’s Office Inv. Sgt. Charlie Cosner spoke with a woman who said Andrew Emil Kotronias, 21, Lenoir City, had been told by her father not to come back on the property, according to the arrest report.
While searching the residence for Kotronias, deputies found a TV, multiple cellphones and a computer monitor the woman said did not belong at the home, Cosner wrote.
During an investigation, deputies found Kotronias drove to the residence in a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am that belonged to a woman at another residence. The second woman told officers that the vehicle was hers and that she had given it to a juvenile.
The car’s owner told the deputy she did not know Kotronias had the vehicle and did not give him permission to drive it. The car’s owner also said she was missing a TV, cellphone and a computer monitor, which matched the description of items located at the Waller Ferry Road residence, according to the arrest report.
The vehicle was valued at $2,500, and the TV was valued at less than $500.
Kotronias was charged with aggravated criminal trespass, two counts of theft of property and violation of probation and held without bond.