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DUI call turns into a fight with police

Updated: Aug 1, 2019

From WRIL -

Jason Browning - BCDC

Wednesday afternoon July 17, 2019 Middlesboro Police responded to the 38th Street BP Station in regard to a possible DUI involving a gold SUV. First on scene was Officer Michael Orr and then Sgt. Barry Cowan.


The two began talking to the unidentified male driver to investigate the situation. There was also an unidentified female in the passenger seat. In the back seat, identified later, was 39 year old Jason Browning of Middlesboro.


Arriving on scene a short time later was Officer Jeremiah Johnson who observed Browning watching the officers and continuously opening and closing the vehicle door. Officer Johnson made contact with Browning who was exhibiting behavior consistent with

being manifestly under the influence of Methamphetamine, sweating and having exaggerated movements.


Johnson asked Browning for identification and the man claimed he did not have any and then asked his name and he wouldn't answer. Browning then tried to leave the SUV fleeing the scene and Johnson began to scuffle with him attempting an arrest. Both Sgt. Cowan and Officer Orr heard the commotion and came to the aid of Johnson. Browning tried to fight all three men and cause injury to the officers while being subdued.


Jason Lee Edward Browning was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with fleeing or evading police - 2nd degree, assault - 3rd degree police officer, obstructing governmental operations, terroristic threatening - 3rd degree, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct - 2nd degree, public intoxication - Controlled substance (excluding alcohol)

He was also served two bench warrants, a theft by unlawful taking complaint warrant, and a fleeing or evading police - 1st degree (on foot) complain warrant.


He is being held without bond.


The driver and passenger were not charged in the incident.

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