David Jay Yates, Tresa Yates, and Brenda English
David Jay Yates, Tresa Yates, and Brenda English

Taser Takes Down Escapee, Family Already Jailed

Flighty Erwin man finds end of final chase a shocking experience, other family already in jail.

November 2, 2012 According to Sheriff Ed Graybeal, Criminal Interdiction Unit Investigators arrested David Jay Yates, age 48, 105 Little Germany Rd, Erwin; late Thursday after a brief foot pursuit ending when Yates refused orders to stop, tripped and attempted to flee again.

Washington County Officers and Investigators have been searching for Yates following an attempt to stop him for a traffic violation in late October. Yates fled on foot before the deputy could get him pulled over.

This week Interdiction Investigators have attempted to catch Yates 2 additional times with no luck, but Yates luck ran out on Thursday when Investigators created a perimeter around Yates location and then "flushed" him out the rear of the residence by pulling a Sheriffs vehicle in front of the home Yates was occupying. Yates attempted to flee out the back of the home on foot again, but was quickly boxed in following a short foot pursuit and refused several commands to stop, eventually tripping after an attempt to jump onto a porch.

Yates attempted to regain his footing, disobeying commands to stop resisting, fleeing and give up. Yates was finally taken into custody following a single Taser deployment. Yates was checked by EMS and transported to Washington County Detention Center where he was charged with 2 counts of Evading arrest, Promotion of Methamphetamine Manufacture, Driving on Revoked License, and 2 counts of Failure to Appear in court.

His total bond was set at $48,000 with arraignment scheduled for this morning in sessions court and next term of Criminal Court. He is currently housed in the Washington County Detention Center.

On Tuesday Interdiction Investigators arrested Yates wife, Tresa Yates, age 48, same address as her husband, along with Brenda English, age 39, 112 Robert Smith Ln after stopping the van that English was driving for a minor traffic violation. A check of English's license revealed they were suspended. English was taken into custody and a search of her person and the seat area in which he sat in the patrol car revealed a glass pipe and powdered methamphetamine in a glass vial.

A search of English's van revealed a glass jar of chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine. Both English and Yates were charged with Promotion of Methamphetamine Manufacture. English was also charged with Driving on Suspended License, Financial Responsibility, Possession of Methamphetamine for Resale, and Simple Possession of diverted prescription pills. Tresa Yates bond was set at $10, 000 while English's bond was set at $22,000. Both were arraigned Wednesday and are currently housed in Washington County Detention Center.

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Prescription drug use is a problem in Tennessee

Drug overdose deaths in Tennessee are increasing:

The number of drug overdose deaths in Tennessee increased from 422 in 2001 to 1,059 in 2010; The number of drug overdose deaths in 2010 represents an increase of 250% over the 10 year time period. Includes all drug overdose deaths where the manner of death was listed as one of the following: accidental, undetermined, suicide (intentional), or homicide.

Source: Office of Policy, Planning and Assessment, Tennessee Department of Health - Death Certificates.

The top three most prescribed controlled substances in Tennessee in 2010 are:

275.5 million pills of hydrocodone (e.g., Lortab, Lorcet, Vicodin);

116.6 million pills prescribed for alprazolam (e.g., Xanax: used to treat anxiety);

113.5 million pills prescribed for oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Roxicodone) Hydrocodone and oxycodone are both prescription opioids used to treat pain.

The number of drugs prescribed during 2010 to Tennesseans represents:
51 pills of hydrocodone for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12;
22 pills of alprazolam for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12;
21 pills of oxycodone for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12.

Source: Report to the 2011 General Assembly by the Tennessee Department of Health Controlled Substance Database Advisory Committee, Board of Pharmacy.

Prescription drug abuse affects everyone:

Abuse of prescription opioids is the number one drug problem for Tennesseans receiving state-funded treatment services;

Almost 250,000 Tennesseans older than 12 reported abusing prescription opioids in 2009.

Source: Treatment Episode Data Set - Admission (TEDS-A). 1999 - 2009. SAMHSA State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008 - 2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.

Prescription drug abuse hits every profession and every socioeconomic level:

For those seeking state-funded treatment, people who were stable (married, employed and had at least a high school education) were 3.16 times more likely than less stable consumers to use prescription opioids than illicit drugs.

Source: Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. Tennessee Web Information Technology System (TN WITS) Database.

Prescription drug abuse especially affects women:

While more men were admitted to treatment in 2009 than women, a higher percentage of women abuse prescription opioids;

21% of 6,827 men reported prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse;

27% of 3,403 women listed prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse;

35% of 142 pregnant women admitted to state-funded treatment services in Tennessee listed prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse.

Source: SAMHSA State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008 - 2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.