River Road ATV chase ends in crash, charges

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By Damon Lawrence

A man who was injured during a July police chase on a four-wheeler turned himself in on Aug. 18.

Albert Childs is charged with DUI, driving with a revoked license, felony evading arrest, possession of a handgun while under the influence and operating an ATV on the highway.

According to the warrant, sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of River Road and Blue Springs Circle at 11 p.m. on July 28 in response to a call about a four-wheeler disturbance.

“I noticed a four-wheeler sitting in front of 3703 River Road prior to turning onto Blue Springs Circle,” the warrant said. “The rider of the four-wheeler turned on the headlights and began to travel north on River Road.”

Deputy Alex French said he activated the emergency lights and siren on his patrol car in an attempt to get the four-wheeler to stop, but the driver kept going.

“Prior to reaching the woods the four-wheeler struck a large cube-style water tank with a metal structure around the outside,” the warrant said. “This caused the male to be thrown from the four-wheeler, ending this pursuit.”

Childs was identified as the driver.

He reportedly had slurred speech and smelled like alcohol, but field sobriety tests could not be given due to his injuries.

The warrant said he had a large wound on his forehead and had to be flown by Lifestar to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The mugshot taken when he turned himself in appears to show him sitting and wearing a neck brace.

French said a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson with four unspent rounds was found under Childs at the scene of the accident.

“A can of beer was also found in a cooler on the back side of the four-wheeler,” the warrant said.

Childs, 49, has an Oct. 27 court date on the charges. He’s no longer in custody.