Trip into construction zone nets Hawkins man meth charge

Jeff Bobo • Dec 5, 2019 at 1:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A motorist who was stopped while driving through the Route 66-N construction zone last week before the road officially reopened is facing a slew of charges after he allegedly fled on foot and was found to be in possession of meth.

At the time of the traffic stop, Joseph Patrick Blair, 32, 231 Poor Valley Road, Rogersville, was free on a $50,000 bond from a pending charge of possession of meth for resale case that dates back to last January.

On the afternoon of Nov. 25, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Dylan Reid conducted a traffic stop on a Honda driven by Blair as it was passing through a closed section of the Route 66-N slide repair construction site north of Rogersville.

Reid determined through a computer check that Blair’s license was revoked due to a previous DUI, and the tag on the car belonged on a Pontiac.

A passenger, Rusty Savage, was arrested due to having an outstanding warrant for probation violation.

Blair reportedly consented to a search of the vehicle, at which time Reid allegedly located a green metal container on that contained a baggy of meth.

Reid also reportedly found digital scales in the center console, as well as a straw and a glass pipe in seat pockets.

Reid stated in his report that Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Daniel DesOrmeaux arrived at the traffic stop to assist, and they were arranging the transportation of Blair and Savage to jail when Blair started running down the side of the mountain toward New Life Church.

Blair was apprehended by DesOrmeaux following a short foot chase.

Blair was subsequently transported to Hawkins County Memorial Hospital by Hawkins County EMS after complaining of back pain.

Upon being released from the hospital, Blair was booked into the Hawkins County Jail on charges including driving while in possession of meth, driving on a revoked license, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, evading arrest, resisting arrest, failure to obey a traffic device, no insurance, seat belt violation, and altered tag.

Blair has been held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond since his arrest. He is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on Jan. 15 on these new charges, as well as on the pending meth trafficking charge.