Police: Man who crashed twice in Rogersville had four grams of meth in car

Jeff Bobo • May 1, 2020 at 8:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Jefferson County man who crashed twice Wednesday night — once through a factory gate, then into a residence — allegedly had 4.22 grams of meth and syringes in the car when he was arrested.

Shortly before 11 p.m., Rogersville police responded to a residence on Park Boulevard Circle on a report of a man beating on the door asking to come in.

By the time Officer Wesley Seals arrived, the man was gone, but Seals located a gold 1999 Toyota Camry wedged between a back porch of the residence and a retaining wall.

The alleged driver, Eric William “Squirrel” Rector, 37, of White Pine, was located in the nearby Hardee’s restaurant parking lot by Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Casey Carter and taken into custody.

Seals stated in his report that video surveillance from the ABB plant at 100 Baldor Drive revealed that Rector was the driver of a gold Toyota Camry that was being sought by police that evening after it passed through the plant security checkpoint without stopping earlier that night.

Rector then allegedly exited the site by crashing through a locked metal gate at the opposite end of the property.

When police searched the Camry, they reportedly observed a syringe on the driver’s side floorboard and a glasses case under the seat that contained meth in two separate baggies as well as two more syringes, a Buprenorphine pill and other drug paraphernalia.

A pill bottle with four more Buprenorphine pills was found in the center console.

Rector, whose license has been revoked since 2010, was charged with two counts of failure to give immediate notice of an accident, possession of meth, possession of Schedule III narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a revoked license, and no insurance.

As of Friday, he remained held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond pending arraignment in Sessions Court Monday morning. 

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