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35-year-old Howard Eugene Brown of Green Acre Drive, Smithville, was found at home with this wife Wednesday evening and taken into custody, according to the De Kalb County Sheriff's Department. He had apparently returned home on foot after crashing and bailing out of the pickup truck he was driving.
During questioning, Brown admitted that he was the man police were chasing in a three-county pursuit on Wednesday. Van Buren County officials who have interviewed Brown, plan to charge him with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, and evading arrest . Other charges may also be brought against him. According to De Kalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray, Brown is on probation for criminal impersonation, theft, aggravated criminal trespassing.
The pursuit began in Van Buren County. White County authorities joined Van Buren County and notified DeKalb County. As the chase continued, police put out a spike strip which blew the tires of the vehicle out. The truck then sped out of control and struck a guardrail on Bright Hill Road in Van Buren County. Brown bailed out the drivers side door of the truck, jumped over the guardrail and disappeared into the woods on foot.
After his arrest, Brown told investigators that he had just finished shooting up drugs right before the officer stopped to check on him, according to police.
Smithville Elementary School, which is in the area of the search, was placed on lock down status until dismissal time as a precaution. Initially, At first, Van Buren County authorities thought the suspect was another man.
Thursday, February 14 2013, 08:02 AM CST
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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