Around 11:15 p.m., Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kevin Johnson reportedly observed a gold van traveling east on Main Street in Surgoinsville with one headlight out.
As Johnson attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle abruptly turned into the driveway at 2939 Main St., which is also the address of the suspect, Michael Keith Lane, 27.
By the time Johnson reached the van it was unoccupied, but the homeowner agreed to let deputies search the residence.
Lane was located in the attic and allegedly admitted he was driving the van and that he had panicked because he didn’t want to go back to jail.
“After Mr. Lane was placed into my patrol car, he started yelling that he had a baggy of meth in his anal cavity, and he was trying to get it out,” Johnson said.
Hawkins County EMS responded to the scene and transported Lane to the Hawkins County Memorial Hospital emergency room, where staff were able to remove the baggy.
A computer check revealed Lane to have five previous convictions for driving on a revoked license. He was arraigned Wednesday in Sessions Court on charges including possession of meth, tampering with evidence, evading arrest by foot, driving on a revoked license sixth offense and light law violation.
Lane was ordered held without bond due to a probation violation pending his next court date set for May 30.