Man charged in drag rac­ing

The Covington News - - CRIME - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com

A Cov­ing­ton man was ar­rested for re­port­edly “lay­ing drags” in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing.

Cov­ing­ton Po­lice of­fi­cer Bran­don Wilk­er­son re­sponded to Carr Cir­cle some­time af­ter 3 a.m. af­ter re­ceiv­ing re­ports of a ve­hi­cle drag rac­ing. An uniden­ti­fied per­son called po­lice and said an older model black Chevy pickup truck was burn­ing tires up and down Carr Cir­cle. While dis­patch took the call, a ve­hi­cle “burn­ing rub­ber” could re­port­edly be heard in the back­ground.

Of­fi­cer Wilk­er­son re­port­edly went to Puck­ett Street, turned off his head­lights and parked on the side street just be­fore Carr Cir­cle to lis­ten out for the ve­hi­cle. That’s where he re­port­edly heard an en­gine rev up and the sound of tires squeal­ing.

He then wit­nessed Ty­rone Brooks in the de­scribed ve­hi­cle go­ing at a high rate of speed.

Brooks re­port­edly ran a stop sign and drove through an in­ter­sec­tion not yield­ing. When the of­fi­cer tried to con­duct a traf­fic stop on the ve­hi­cle, Brooks, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, “con­tin­ued to drive all over the road” on Col­lier Street, turn­ing left on Kirk Street and fail­ing to main­tain his lane.

Af­ter turn­ing down a few more streets, the re­port stated, Brooks drove into the drive­way and yard at his girl­friend’s house on Puck­ett Street. He stepped out of the ve­hi­cle while talk­ing on his cell­phone. The of­fi­cer gave ver­bal com­mands for Brooks to turn around and put his hands up, and then ar­rested him.

The of­fi­cer re­port­edly smelled al­co­hol on Brooks and he was found to have an out­stand­ing war­rant for a pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion with the Newton County Sher­riff’s Of­fice. He was charged with DUI, reck­less driv­ing, driv­ing with a sus­pended li­cense, lay­ing drags, fail­ure to main­tain lane, no reg­is­tra­tion and a stop sign vi­o­la­tion.

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