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Run from law ends in crash, DUI charge
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This Dodge Durango was involved in a Monday morning police chase which ended with the vehicle becoming firmly planted in a garden. - photo by Lisa Hobbs
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An alleged erratic driver led Warren County Sheriff’s office in a chase Monday, that went through a horse pasture and ended in a garden.

Jeremiah Lloyd Steakley, 39, has been charged with driving under the influence, driving on revoked license, evading arrest, resisting arrest and reckless driving. Those charges were levied after the Warren County resident allegedly led Sheriff’s Deputy Brystol Davis on a high speed chase on Bybee Branch Road. 

A Sheriff’s Department report states that Deputy Davis was patrolling New Nashville Highway when he observed a black Dodge Durango turn from the highway onto Spring Valley Road.

“While observing the vehicle, I noticed that the vehicle had made a wide turn and was not maintaining its lane of travel,” said Davis. “I followed the vehicle to Nola Lane where it was on a straight section of the roadway and was still failing to maintain its lane of travel. I then ran the tag on the vehicle and it came back with the tag showing to belong to a red Dodge Durango and this one being black.”

Bybee Branch Road and Nola Lane is where a traffic stop was attempted.

“I chose to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle as we approached Bybee Branch Road,” said Davis. “I activated my emergency equipment and the vehicle began to slow down as if it were pulling over on Nola Lane. It then accelerated and began to flee from the stop. I gave chase down Bybee Branch Road where the vehicle

 swerved all over the roadway struggling to stay on the roadway.”

After passing Palmer Nursery and entering a curvy section of roadway, the driver lost control of the Durango. 

“We went to the area of 3900 Bybee Branch Road and the vehicle lost control,” said Davis. 

The vehicle crashed through a wooden fence, curved through a horse pasture, and exited the opposite side, crashing through that fence as well. After striking an embankment, a rear tire popped and the vehicle came to rest in a garden.

A foot chase was followed by a brief physical altercation between the man and deputy.

“The driver jumped out and ran on foot,” said Davis. “I followed with my patrol vehicle to the wood line where the male entered the woods. I then exited the vehicle and gave chase for a very short distance before the male fell to the ground. I then drew my sidearm and gave directions to stay on the ground. The male then rolled over and tried to get up off the ground. He still had his right hand in his pocket. A short struggle ensued before Steakley was taken into custody.”

A charge of driving under the influence was added when Davis noted “rapid slurred speech” and “rapid hand and body movements” and “talking about random things not pertaining to the incident.” 

Steakley refused evaluation by Warren County EMS, so any injuries he sustained are unknown. His total bond was set at $31,000. An Oct. 14 date has been set for his first court appearance.