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Athens chase ends after allegedly DUI driver flips SUV

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — "That officer following me gave one hell of a chase."

Athens police Capt. Tracy Harrison said that's what an allegedly intoxicated driver said after flipping his boss' sport utility vehicle during a chase with Athens police and Limestone deputies.

Harrison said the driver, Gregory Adam Dollins, 19, was in a known drug area of Athens on Wednesday at 10:16 p.m. when officer Jason Threet spotted him. He was at West Moreland Avenue and Vine Street.

Harrison said Threet did not turn on his lights but was turning to follow Dollins when Dollins allegedly got nervous and sped away.

The chase lasted 32 minutes, with Dollins going west on U.S. 72 and turning onto Blackburn, Tillman Mill, New Cut and other roads, Harrison said.

More than one officer kept on Dollins' tail between Threet, Sgt. Fred Millward and Limestone deputies.

"He was blowing stop signs, and officers were stopping at them and then catching back up," Harrison said. "Dollins got up to 110 mph at one point."

Dollins lost control of the SUV on a curve in the Raby subdivision in the Owens community west of Athens, Harrison said.

Dollins works for a contractor, and the SUV belonged to his boss, Harrison said.

"He landed upside down," Harrison said. "There were gutters and vinyl and water spouts strewn all over."

Dollins was not injured.

Dollins told Harrison he ran because he thought there were warrants out on him. Harrison said police checked but could not find any outstanding warrants.

Dollins is in jail on $2,900 bond, charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, no insurance and attempting to elude police.

Dollins told Harrison he was homeless, but his driver license showed his address as 267 Henryville Road, Ethridge, Tenn.

"He's lucky he didn't get hurt or hurt a citizen or one of our officers," Harrison said.

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