By MARY RAINWATER
A 33-year-old man was released from the Anderson County Jail Monday on bond after his Saturday arrest for aggravated assault of a public servant and drug charges.
According to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor, deputies received a call of a reckless driver traveling on U.S. 79 South at about 3:59 a.m. on Saturday.
After a short search for the vehicle, Sgt. Gabe Wallace and reserve deputy Michael Raymon located it at the corner of U.S. 79 and Farm Market Road 645, where the driver, Matthew James Dewey, was stuck in the mud and attempting to get out.
Officers attempted to get Dewey to exit the vehicle, but his attempts to escape continued.
“The deputies witnessed him trying to burn something in the vehicle,” Taylor said. “His windows were up and doors were locked, so after several orders for the suspect to exit, officers broke the window and were able to get him out of the vehicle.”
The suspect had been lighting a pipe used for smoking crack, attempting to burn off what appeared to be cocaine. He also appeared to be extremely intoxicated, under the influence of both alcohol and drugs.
“(Dewey) put up a fight as deputies were trying to get him out of the vehicle,” Taylor said. “So one of the officers tasered him.”
During the stop, two other ACSO deputies — Johnny Gorden and Russell Wesson — had arrived on the scene to assist.
“One of the officers was injured by glass in the vehicle, but the injuries were minor and he was treated and released at the hospital,” the sheriff said. “The subject was definitely out of control.”
Dewey was charged with aggravated assault on a public servant, $50,000 bond; resisting/evading arrest, $10,000; tampering with physical evidence, $10,000 bond; possession of drug paraphernalia, $400 bond; and driving while intoxicated, $7,500 bond.
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