By Michael R. Moser
Police responding to a report of a drunk driver instead found themselves chasing a driver's license violator in the area of S. Main St. and the Justice Center Tuesday evening, according to reports.
Thomas Mack Arnold, 31, 2024 Lowe Rd., was apprehended hiding underneath a porch near where the abandoned pickup truck was recovered. He faces felony evading arrest, leaving the scene of an accident and no driver's license charges. He was also cited for improper passing.
It started with a phone call to Crossville Police reporting a man driving a red 1991 Chevrolet 1500 pickup driving erratically in the area of Miller Ave., according to Ptl. Brian Eckelson's report. Eckelson spotted the vehicle passing another motorist on a double-yellow line and at a high rate of speed, the officer wrote in his report.
Eckelson attempted to stop the suspect, but the driver continued, passing a second vehicle before turning onto W. Adams St. The suspect then turned onto Old Mail Rd. and either lost control of his pickup, or left it moving while he bailed out and ran. The vehicle came to rest after traveling up a ditch.
The flight to avoid arrest sparked a quick search of the area between Old Mail Rd. and S. Main St. with Crossville Police and Cumberland County Sheriff's Department officers setting up a perimeter and two K-9 officers working the residential and wooded area.
After being taken into custody, Arnold was transported to the Justice Center where, according to Eckleson's report, he became combative with jail personnel and had to be locked down for his safety and the safety of others.