6, 2007 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and Police Chief Sterling
Owen today named Officer Josh Hurst the May Officer of the Month for
the Knoxville Police Department. Officer Hurst has been with the department
since November 2003.
Chief Owen said that on May 6, 2007, at approximately 2:00 a.m., Officer
Hurst was assigned to conduct DUI enforcement when he observed a vehicle
driving erratically through the intersection of Summit Hill Drive
and Central Avenue. The vehicle nearly struck another motorist then
continued west on Summit Hill Drive at a high rate of speed. Officer
Hurst conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, which contained three
The driver of the vehicle advised Officer Hurst that he did not have
a driver's license. As a result, the driver was immediately placed
into custody. While placing the suspect into custody, Officer Hurst
observed a large amount of cash bulging from the driver's front pants
pocket. A large quantity of crack cocaine was discovered concealed
in the left pocket of the suspect's under shorts.
The two remaining occupants of the vehicle were also detained for
questioning. Officer Hurst discovered that the occupants of the vehicle
were all armed with fully loaded and chambered handguns.
Items recovered from the occupants and the vehicle included:
· Three handguns (Tech 9, Berretta .40, Firestorm 9mm)
· $2,158.00 from the driver
· 22 grams of crack cocaine
· 17.5 grams of marijuana
· 5 car stereo amps
· 2 car CD players
· Brian Blair (Driver): Theft, Unlawful Weapons Possession,
Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of Schedule
VI Controlled Substance, Criminal Impersonation, Driving while Privilege
· Demetrius Grimes: Theft, Unlawful Weapons Possession
· Anthony Dean: Theft, Unlawful Weapons Possession
Chief Owen said, "When confronted with a highly dangerous
situation, Officer Hurst acted quickly and professionally. These
quick actions prevented the suspects from using the weapons with
which they had armed themselves. It is also quite obvious that these
suspects were intent on harming someone due to the nature of the
their weapons and the condition in which they were discovered."
Mayor Haslam said, "We thank Officer Hurst for his actions
in removing these individuals from our streets and preventing further
criminal acts from occurring by these suspects."
Officer Hurst will receive a signed certificate from the mayor and
chief along with a free dinner from Ruby Tuesday restaurant.