Intoxicated driver in high-speed chase had more than 5 DUIs
JASPER, TN (WRCB) -
Arrest records show the suspect behind the wheel in Thursday's wild car chase has been a regular threat to the roads.
Gregg Smith, 32, of Jasper led police through two states during the chase, reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour. Channel 3 obtained the exclusive police dash cam video.
Smith is currently being held in Gordon County, GA Jail on 18 charges. Channel 3 uncovered arrest records that show a long rap sheet, and authorities hope these new charges will keep the suspect in jail for a long time.
"He has been through the system several times, he does have a long history," said Marion Co. Sheriff Bo Burnett.
Smith's arrest records show five DUIs just in Marion County, another one in Hamilton County, and the latest during Thursday morning's chase.
Smith was driving a stolen car from Red Bank. He's accused of leading police on a high-speed chase for more than 50 miles across state lines. Police said Smith didn't have a license.
It started with a routine traffic stop in Red Bank. Smith, along with Ashley Plemons, 24, ditched the officer once he got out of the car.
Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol said it's lucky no one was hurt during the chase.
"We're trying to weigh how important it is for us to be able to stop that vehicle and catch the people we're after, and the public's welfare," he said.
Smith was already wanted in Marion County on violations of probation. The chase ended when the stolen car wrecked on I-75 Southbound in Gordon County. Police found meth in the car along with open bottles of alcohol.
Smith was denied bond, and more charges could be pending against Plemons. Both suspects are still being held in the Gordon County Jail.