Former Grainger Sheriff arrested for DUI, speeding, evading arrest

By: WVLT Staff Email
By: WVLT Staff Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Richard Jay McElhaney, former Grainger County Sheriff, has been arrested on charges of evading arrest, reckless driving, speeding, and DUI.

According to reports, Blaine Police Officer Marvin Braden clocked McElhaney doing 64 in a 45 mph zone. When Braden turned on his emergency equipment on the marked car and pulled out to stop McElhaney, he sped off.

Officer Braden gave chase but lost sight of the black sports car around the Little Boat Yard on Rutledge Pike. He radioed for other officers to keep an eye out in that location.

Officer Brandon Shackelford of the Rutledge Police Department spotted the car on Rutledge Pike at Corbin Lake Road, where he clocked the car doing 82 in a 50 mph zone. When Shackelford turned on emergency equipment on the marked car, the black car sped away, reaching speeds of 115 mph.

Police say the car made a quick left turn into the parking lot of Rutledge United Methodist Church. That's where it ran into the church graveyard, hitting one tombstone and coming to rest near another.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol responded. McElhaney was arrested and taken to Grainger County Jail for booking.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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