Huntsville, TN (2019-01-07) A speeding motorist that allegedly refused to stop for law enforcement officers is facing a laundry list of charges following his capture on New Year’s Day.
Robert D. Wilhite, 19, of Oneida was jailed on New Year’s Day following a brief police pursuit. According to an arrest warrant filed by K-9 Deputy Tyler Johnson of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Wilhite attempted to elude capture by going off-road in his yellow Mini Cooper sedan but ended up stuck in the mud.
Authorities say that Wilhite was allegedly speeding on Alberta Street, leading Johnson to attempt a traffic stop. Johnson says that Wilhite turned onto Sand Cut Road and refused to stop. At one point in the brief pursuit, Johnson says that Wilhite passed another motorist in a curve on a double-yellow line. Wilhite reportedly turned into the Oak Park Apartment Complex, where he reportedly went up the hill and across the parking lot. There, authorities say that Wilhite ended up in a field and his car got stuck in the mud.
Authorities say that Wilhite initially refused orders to get on the ground but complied after Johnson told him that he would release his canine partner. Wilhite surrendered and was cuffed by Oneida Police Officer Toby Jeffers.
Wilhite allegedly told arresting officers that if his car had had all-wheel drive instead of front-wheel drive, he would have kept on going and they would have never caught him.
Authorities say that Wilhite had been drinking but passed a series of field sobriety tests.
Wilhite was charged with evading arrest, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, resisting arrest, and illegal consumption.