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Judge sentences drunk motorcyclist

August 24, 2003|PHIL PENDLETON

LANCASTER - A Lancaster man who fought with local and state police after driving drunk on a motorcycle pleaded guilty to nine charges from the July 30 incident Thursday. Three other charges were dismissed.

Chad L. Tuggle, 28, of 1799 Ballard Road entered the pleas before Garrard District Judge Bill Oliver on charges of second-degree criminal mischief, marijuana possession, first-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, third-degree terroristic threatening, improper registration plates, failure to register transfer of a motor vehicle, and operating a vehicle on a suspended or revoked operator's license.

In exchange for the plea, charges of no insurance, no operator's/moped license, and failure to surrender a revoked operator's license were dismissed. Tuggle was sentenced to six months in jail, but will serve 90 days with the remainder of the time probated for two years. Tuggle is to report to the Lincoln County Regional Jail on September 12. He was ordered to pay $965 restitution to the Garrard County Sheriff's office, and was fined a total of $425.

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According to the police report by Garrard Deputy Sheriff Bobby Amon, police were called to Circle Way because of "a drunk man on a motorcycle." When police arrived, Tuggle wrecked the motorcycle and fled on foot.

After a foot chase, Amon arrested and handcuffed Tuggle and placed him in the back of his cruiser. Amon said Tuggle then "started to beat (his) head on the window. Mr. Tuggle could not bust (the) window out with his head, so he laid down in the seat and used his feet to kick out (the) window," the report states. The door to the cruiser was also bent out, Amon stated.

Amon called for backup and once Tuggle was removed from the damaged unit, he tried to fight again, leading officers to put him on the ground and put shackles on his legs cuffing them to his hands.

After he was put in Trooper Collins car, Tuggle again tried to kick the window out and told the officers "he knew where we lived and would kill us all," the report states.

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