Chase ends in drug arrest of Maryville man

A Maryville man who was wanted on a drug charge tried to run from police during a would-be traffic stop Tuesday, but he didn’t get very far.

Dustin James Hampton, 35, Jackson Avenue, Maryville, was arrested at a home on Williams Mill Road, charged with delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, evading arrest, driving on a suspended license, and two counts of reckless endangerment. He was later released from Blount County jail on a total $13,250 bond pending a 9 a.m. Oct. 11 hearing.

According to BCSO, Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force investigators tried to make a traffic stop on Hampton’s car when they spotted the vehicle on Russell Road Tuesday. Hampton was wanted for delivery of morphine.

But Hampton fled in his vehicle, forcing officers to catch up with him a short time thereafter, when they found his car parked at a home on Russell Road. A police K-9 unit was called in, but the dog didn’t have far to go. Hampton’s scent led directly to the front door of the home where his car was parked.

Hampton came out of the home willingly and was taken into custody without further incident.

Hampton’s reckless endangerment charges stemmed from his girlfriend being in his vehicle at the time of the incident and because he nearly struck an investigator’s vehicle when he initially fled from officers.