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May 9, 2012

Monterey police charge Crossville man in highway incident

CROSSVILLE — A Crossville man with a lengthy driving offense record faces a host of charges including an allegation that he attempted to assault a Monterey police officer with his vehicle.

Bobby Eugene Harville, 48, of Sandy Creek Rd., is charged with aggravated assault, evading arrest and violation of the habitual motor vehicle offender act, according to the Cookeville Herald-Citizen.

The incident took place on Hwy. 70 outside Monterey on April 21 when a Monterey officer spotted a pickup truck speeding and doing U-turns in the roadway. Monterey Police Officer Greg Phillips attempted to stop the vehicle as it approached his position.

Instead of stopping, the officer wrote in his arrest affidavit that Harville allegedly "intentionally steered his vehicle into the turn lane and drove directly at the police car with its emergency equipment activated."

The officer wrote that he was placed in fear for his safety, and at one point thought the oncoming motorist was going to collide with his patrol car head-on. Phillips added that he had to swerve out of the path of the pickup to avoid the crash.

A short pursuit followed but ended quickly when the pickup crashed into an embankment.

Phillips checked Harville's record and found that his license had been revoked and he had been declared a habitual offender in Fentress County in January of 2002 and that he has since been charged twice with driving while still on that status.

Bond on the new charges was set at $17,500 and Harville faces a date in Putnam County General Sessions Court on May 14.

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