Trousdale County deputies recently arrested a Portland man after a high-speed chase and charged him with a number of offenses, including evading arrest and drug possession.

According to the arrest affidavit, on Aug. 7, deputies spotted a Dodge Ram truck on River Road allegedly being driven by Richard Holt Fowler, Jr., 31, of Portland. The same vehicle had allegedly fled an attempted traffic stop on July 24, with pursuit going from McMurry Boulevard to Highway 141 North before being terminated in Macon County. The tag on that vehicle was reported stolen the following morning by Sumner County.

Deputies initiated the Aug. 7 pursuit after the truck reportedly ran a stop sign at the intersection of Cedar Bluff Road and Lebanon Pike.

The truck continued along Cedar Bluff Road at between 80 and 90 miles per hour and passed over into Smith County, where a Smith County deputy lay down spike strips. The vehicle lost a front tire and eventually came to a halt in the Rome area of Smith County.

A female passenger reportedly told deputies she had tried to get Fowler to stop but that he refused.

After being taken into custody, deputies reportedly found that the truck Fowler was driving had been reported stolen out of Davidson County and that Fowler’s license had been revoked because of a past charge for driving under the influence (DUI).

A search of the vehicle allegedly found two bags of methamphetamine and two scales, along with a loaded Ruger P95 handgun.

Fowler was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, three counts of possession of stolen property, driving on a license revoked for DUI, two counts of evading arrest by motor vehicle, vehicle theft, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a gun during the commission of a felony, possession of methamphetamine with intent to resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

He was booked into the Trousdale County Jail, where he was being held on a $115,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in general sessions court last Friday.

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-450-5756 or

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