A police pursuit in Sullivan County resulted in the Wednesday afternoon arrest of a Lewis man.

Dereck Mellinger, 43, was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony, and resisting law enforcement, a Level 6 felony.

Sheriff Clark Cottom said the pursuit began about 12:20 p.m. when Lt. William Snead saw a Ford pickup truck without a license plate on Jackson Street in Hymera.

The driver refused to stop for Snead, and accelerated to speeds of more than 60 mph before pulling into a yard near the corner of Jefferson and East streets.

Deputy Justin Copeland assisted at the scene, and police found methamphetamine inside a drink cup in the truck's console.

Mellinger was booked into the Sullivan County Jail with bond set at $23,000 with 10 percent allowed.



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