John Watson Helvey, 45, was charged with DUI and evading arrest on March 13.
“Mr. Helvey stated he was being chased by demons and was running for his life,” the Roane County Sheriff’s Office report said.
The report said Helvey passed a deputy at a high rate of speed on Interstate 40, and didn’t stop when the deputy activated his emergency equipment.
“The vehicle passed several vehicles in the emergency lane at a high rate of speed in an attempt to get away,” the report said.