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Posted: January 30, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Man charged with drag racing

A Covington man was arrested for reportedly "laying drags" in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Covington Police officer Brandon Wilkerson responded to Carr Circle sometime after 3 a.m. after receiving reports of a vehicle drag racing. An unidentified person called police and said an older model black Chevy pickup truck was burning tires up and down Carr Circle. While dispatch took the call, a vehicle "burning rubber" could reportedly be heard in the background.

Officer Wilkerson reportedly went to Puckett Street, turned off his headlights and parked on the side street just before Carr Circle to listen out for the vehicle. That’s where he reportedly heard an engine rev up and the sound of tires squealing.

He then witnessed Tyrone Brooks in the described vehicle going at a high rate of speed.

Brooks reportedly ran a stop sign and drove through an intersection not yielding. When the officer tried to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, Brooks, according to the report, "continued to drive all over the road" on Collier Street, turning left on Kirk Street and failing to maintain his lane.

After turning down a few more streets, the report stated, Brooks drove into the driveway and yard at his girlfriend’s house on Puckett Street. He stepped out of the vehicle while talking on his cellphone. The officer gave verbal commands for Brooks to turn around and put his hands up, and then arrested him.

The officer reportedly smelled alcohol on Brooks and he was found to have an outstanding warrant for a probation violation with the Newton County Sherriff’s Office. He was charged with DUI, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, laying drags, failure to maintain lane, no registration and a stop sign violation.

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