Reckless driving leads to Tazewell pursuit with driver ramming police vehicles
From The Tazewell Police Department -
On Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 8:45 pm. Tazewell Police Department Patrolman Anthony (Tony) Keck was on patrol on U.S. Hwy. 25E near the intersection of Cedar Fork Road when he observed a red Dodge Dakota turn onto Cedar Fork Road and nearly strike a vehicle sitting at the traffic light. Officer Keck observed the truck to continue to drive in a reckless manner leading him to believe the driver could be possibly impaired.
Officer Keck initiated his emergency equipment in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop. The driver later identified as 33 year old Dustin Scott Bowlin of Tazewell, Tn. fled from Officer Keck. The pursuit went onto Bailey Hollow Rd. where Claiborne County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to assist in stopping the vehicle. An attempt to stop Bowlin in the parking lot of Pleasant View Church led to disabling mechanical damage to a Tazewell Police Cruiser.
Bowlin continued back toward Tazewell yet again where he struck a spike strip deployed by CCSO Sgt. Issac Cline at Bailey Hollow Road and Cedar Fork Road. The vehicle sustained two front flat tires and turned northbound on U.S. Hwy. 25E where additional Tazewell Police and Claiborne County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to box the driver in at L&M Auto Sales.
Bowlin then rammed Sgt. Clines' patrol car head on and then placed the truck in reverse ramming Deputy Cody Omary causing significant damage to both cruisers. Bowlin was taken into custody without further incident smelling strongly of alcohol. He was driving on a revoked drivers license for multiple DUIs.
Dustin Scott Bowlin was arrested and lodged in the Claiborne County Jail charged with the following:
Aggravated Assault x2 counts Improper Lane Change Felony Evading Arrest Reckless Driving DUI 4th or more offense Driving on a revoked Drivers License Open container violation Running stop sign Vandalism $1,000-$10,000