Hamilton County late-night vehicle pursuit suspect indicted, due in court
A suspect in a late-night vehicle pursuit in February 2019 has been indicted on multiple charges.
Dustin Draughton, the suspect involved, has been indicted for:
- Failure to maintain lane
- Violation of traffic control device
- Evading arrest
- Reckless driving
- Driving on revoked
- Poss of meth for resale
- Poss of drug paraphernalia
- 2 counts aggravated assault
- Resisting arrests
- Violation of registration law
According to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, a sheriff's deputy witnessed Draughton's vehicle run a red light on Highway 153 around 11:45 p.m. on February 24, 2019.
When the deputy tried the pull the car over, Draughton fled.
A passenger tried to exit Draughton's vehicle while in a parking lot but was allegedly pulled back in.
The deputy pursued Draughton on Dayton Pike northbound.
Soddy-Daisy police eventually joined the pursuit and Draughton evaded multiple attempts to stop the vehicle, including a spike-strip.
After the pursuit was initially called off, Red Bank police spotted and pursued Draughton's vehicle.
The pursuit continued on I-75 northbound where Hamilton County deputies rejoined.
The vehicle was eventually stopped, but Draughton was able to exit the vehicle.
Draughton was caught approximately 100 yards from the vehicle.
Deputies found the vehicle had a stolen tag and Draughton had a revoked driver's license for DUI and a warrant for Auto Theft.
Drug paraphernalia was also found in the vehicle.
The passenger, being an unwilling participant and not having any prior warrants, was released at the scene.
Draughton is due in court on October 11.