FEBRUARY 11, 2019


MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE – Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said deputies took a man into custody after he refused a traffic stop Saturday evening.

Joshua Edward Davis, 29, who lists his address as “homeless”, is charged with DUI, felony evading arrest, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, and driving on a suspended license. Davis is being held in the Blount County Correctional Facility on bonds totaling $8,500. He made his initial court appearance this morning at 9 a.m. in Blount County General Sessions Court.

The incident started at around 4 p.m. Saturday when a deputy attempted to stop a truck driven Davis on U.S. Highway 411 South after he witnessed him crossing the center line and drive onto the shoulder of the road multiple times. The deputy continued to follow Davis, who continued to drive erratically, crossing the center line numerous times and drove into a ditch. He also struck a vehicle that was sitting on the roadway. Other deputies assisted by throwing out spike strips, but Davis was able to maneuver around them. Davis finally pulled into the driveway of a residence on Trigonia Road. Davis refused deputies’ commands to get out of the car, and a K-9 and Taser were both deployed in an attempt to take Davis into custody. After gaining control of Davis, he admitted to deputies that he had taken methamphetamine, Suboxone, and Adderall earlier in the day. Deputies found multiple syringes and other drug paraphernalia in his vehicle following Davis’ arrest.

Davis was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital to receive treatment for injuries sustained during the K-9 apprehension as well as for a blood draw, and then brought to the Blount County Correctional Facility.