A Chattanooga man is behind bars after he hit a telephone pole and drove into a fence that surrounds the Chattanooga Police Services Center.

Around 10:20 pm Friday, a CPD officer, who was filling his patrol car with gas, heard tires squealing an engine revving. He then said he heard a loud boom, more squealing tires and another loud boom. He also saw a building on the back lot of the service center move.

The officer went to see what had happened. He found a red GMC pickup truck that had crashed into a telephone pole and then into the fence surrounding the service center.

He began to check on the driver, later identified as Darwin D. Patterson, but the man refused to speak to him and appeared to be trying to back his vehicle out of the fence to leave.

Another officer arrived on scene and also tried to speak with Patterson, who said his name was "Donald Gaines." Patterson refused to provide any information and said that "he was afraid of white police and would not be left alone."

Medical personnel arrived and began talking with Patterson. While he was speaking with medics, one of the officers noticed a strong odor of an intoxicant on Patterson's breath and that his speech was slurred. Patterson told the officer he had not had that much alcohol. The officer asked him to elaborate, but he refused.

Patterson was taken to an area hospital to be treated for a lip injury. He began cursing loudly and acting like he wanted to fight with an officer while at the hospital.

Patterson was booked into the Hamilton County Jail once he was released from the hospital.

He faces charges of:

  • Resisting arrest or obstruction of legal process
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Driving left of centerline
  • Reckless driving
  • DUI 2nd offense
  • No proof of insurance
  • Driving without drivers license/ expired license

Patterson was not given a bond for the DUI charge, but his bond for all other charges was set at $2,000 total. He is scheduled to be in court Monday.