THP: Maryville man flips truck 5 times after "Jesus advised him to let go of the wheel"
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Chad O. England,33, was travelling on I-81 North through Sullivan County and was arrested after flipping his truck five times because, in his words, "Jesus was calling him and advised him to let go of the wheel."
Just after 10 a.m. on January 20, Sullivan County deputies were dispatched to a single car accident near mile marker 73 on I-81 North. According to the incident report, the driver of the vehicle had gotten out and began to run away, carrying a jar and "speaking gibberish," when deputies secured him in the backseat of a patrol car.
According to the report, as deputies searched the vehicle, they found six grams of marijuana, 0.6 grams of cocaine, a pipe, rolling papers, a 3/4 empty bottle of Crown Royal, a small empty bottle of Crown Royal, and several cans used for 'huffing.'
Two witnesses said they saw England speeding down the highway, when, for no apparent reason, he left the roadway on the right side. THP reported England said that he did not take off running, he was “being called and was traveling to bow before someone.” He also stated he was not driving, but he was behind the wheel. He denied a blood draw, but was obviously under the influence of drugs, according to the incident report.
England was arrested and charged with DUI first offense, felony possession of schedule II for resale, possession of schedule VI, and possession of paraphernalia, open container, no driver’s license in possession, failure to exercise due care, no registration in possession, violation of implied consent, and no insurance in possession.
According to THP, a drug recognition expert at Bristol Regional Hospital completed medical clearance, and England was transported to Sullivan County Jail.