DUFF, TN (WLAF) – Last Friday morning, Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Preston Mullins was on patrol when he saw a gold Ford Fusion traveling from Westborne Rd onto White Oak Rd and noticed the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. Mullins turned around and began to follow Ford noticing the vehicle swayed multiple times from the center yellow line to the white fog line. Mullins activated his blue lights to perform a traffic stop, but the car failed to stop. He then activated his siren in attempt to gain the drivers attention and conduct a traffic stop, but the driver of the vehicle continued to drive ignoring Mullins.
The Ford Fusion continued on White Oak Rd for approximately one mile before pulling into the parking lot of the convenience store at the corner of White Oak Rd and Hatmaker Ridge Rd passing numerous locations to stop. When Mullins approached the car, he could smell a strong odor of what smelled like Marijuana coming from the vehicle. Mullins asked the driver identified as Willie Joe Rose if he noticed he was trying to stop him. Rose replied, “I’ll stop wherever I want to stop.” He was then asked if there was any Marijuana in the car, and Rose reported there was not.
While speaking with Rose, the deputy noticed his eyes were bloodshot. Mullins asked if Rose had smoked any Marijuana to which he reported he had 30 minutes earlier. Rose was asked to get out of the vehicle and was detained while Mullins searched the car. During the search, he found a burnt cigarette containing a green leafy vegetation lying on the center console.
Rose was arrested and transported to the Campbell County Jail where he performed a series of field sobriety tests and refused to provide a sample of blood for chemical testing.
Rose, 58, 251 Huckleberry Lane, Duff was charged with violation of safety equipment, felony evading arrest, driving under influence (DUI), possession of marijuana and violation implied consent law. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/08/2022-6AM)