Hawkins deputy seizes 41 grams of meth after high speed chase on motorcycle

Jeff Bobo • Oct 5, 2018 at 3:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man with a history of high speed chases and meth trafficking was formally charged Monday with both again Monday in connection with a motorcycle pursuit and 41.3 grams of meth being seized.

On Sept. 18 police were already looking for Mitch Lois Butler on an outstanding warrant for violation of community corrections out of Hawkins County Criminal Court.

Around 11:40 a.m. that morning Butler was spotted on Pressmans Home Road by HCSO Deputy Eric Pease riding a motorcycle without a helmet 68 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Butler, 37, 210 Coates Road, Bulls Gap, allegedly accelerated when Pease attempted a traffic stop.

Pease reportedly pursued Butler onto Elbow City Road, and then Pine Mountain road where Butler pulled into a residential driveway, dismounted his bike, and fled on foot.

When Pease found Butler hiding in some bushes, he allegedly had a bag on the ground beside him containing 41.3 grams of meth and a set of digital scales.

The meth has a street value of more than $4,000.

Butler was arrested on the outstanding warrant, and Monday in the Hawkins County Jail he was served with an additional warrant charging him with possession of meth with intent to delver, felony evading arrest, evading arrest on foot, driving in possession of meth and violation of the helmet law.

He was arraigned Monday, ordered held on $50,000 bond, and will appear n court again Oct. 15.

Butler had been on community correction for a 2017 guilty plea to theft and tampering with evidence related to a 100 mph high speed chase. Police said he swallowed a baggy of meth when the pursuit ended and he was about to be arrested.

He was also sentenced to three years in 2015 for facilitation to meth trafficking and tampering with evidence.

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