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Suspected DUI driver leads officers on winding car, foot chase

COVINGTON — A man who led police on a winding pursuit through the streets of Covington early Tuesday morning and then attempted to flee on foot has been arrested and charged with DUI.

Covington Police Department officers were alerted that there was a suspicious vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Legion Drive and Brookhaven Drive around 1:50 a.m. Another officer saw the car as it turned onto Monticello Street.

The officer saw the blue Ford Contour run multiple stop signs and reach speeds greater than 60 mph in a 30 mph zone, the incident report states.

“Sgt. (Asher) Dozier initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle as it made a left onto Ivy Street. The vehicle failed to stop and continued to travel on Ivy Street, traveling on the wrong side of the road,” the report states.

Dozier continued to follow the car as it ran several stop signs, traveling the wrong way on a one-way street and then crossing over Clark Street and Usher Street without stopping, the CPD reported.

The car was spotted entering the East Haven development and was then seen traveling at a high rate of speed on Newton Drive toward Floyd Street, the incident report states. Dozier reported that the car was registered to a home on Hannah Street, so officers continued to patrol that area, believing the driver would try to return there without being seen by law enforcement.

“Officer (Travis) Pierce observed the vehicle then turned off its headlights and pulled into the Newton Medical Associates parking lot and went to the rear of the building,” the incident report states.

The officer then saw the driver, later identified as 39-year-old Michael Clyde McDaniel of 6149 Hannah St., get out of the car and jump over a fence near the building.

Pierce attempted to Taser McDaniel, but had a clothing disconnect, so he continued running around the building.

Another officer began chasing McDaniel as well, running across the back yards of two houses on Hannah Street, and attempted to Taser him as well.

“As this foot pursuit continued, McDaniel was apprehended by Officer Myers and two Newton County (Sheriff’s Office) deputies in the back yard of a Hannah Street residence,” the report states.

Officers then found a cold and partially full beer can on the ground near the driver’s side door. While no other evidence was found that indicated McDaniel was driving under the influence, officers did see dark clothing and a dark-colored hoodie in the back seat and a box cutter, screwdrivers, pliers and gloves in the front seat.

McDaniel was transported to the Newton County Detention Center, but the staff nurse would not accept him because his pulse rate was too high.

“As I told McDaniel that I was transporting him to the hospital for medial evaluation, he made a spontaneous utterance of, ‘Why? I only had 10 beers. I drink more than that all the time,’” Pierce reported.

After being evaluated at Newton Medical Center, McDaniel was transported back to the jail, where he was charged with obstruction of law enforcement officers, fleeing or attempting to elude officers, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, DUI and open container.