MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man suspected of drinking and driving led Millersville police on a high-speed pursuit before telling them he was speeding because he was trying to get to the hospital.
Little did the driver, identified as Scott Ells, know, the hospital was actually over 100 miles in the opposite direction he was heading.
It all began Friday night when Millersville police Chief David Hindman was enforcing traffic on Interstate 65 South.
Hindman told News 2 he clocked a late 90s Chevy Blazer going 105 miles an hour.
“I activated my emergency blue lights and we started after the vehicle,” he explained.
Hindman chased Ells at 100-plus miles an hour for over six miles.
“We finally pulled over at the exit 98,” he said.
The 41-year-old reportedly had a strong odor of alcohol about him.
“He told me he had been drinking some beers and there was marijuana in his system,” Hindman stated.
News 2 obtained the dash cam video of Ells’ sobriety test, which he failed.
The chief told News 2 he claimed he was driving his neighbor to the hospital in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, which is 117 miles north of where he was stopped in the southbound lane.
When the chief told him he was over 100 miles away in the wrong direction, Ells reportedly stated he “didn’t see the state sign, then.”
Hindman told News 2 the woman refused medical treatment and drover the Blazer back toward Kentucky.
Ells was charged with driving under the influence, drinking and driving 105 in a 70 mile-per-hour zone. It was his first DUI.
The chief said Ells hasn’t been doing much driving since he spent the last 15 years in the Kentucky state prison on other charges.