A Maryville man was charged with driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license Thursday after pedestrians reported an intoxicated man was attempting to drive.

A couple walking down East Broadway Avenue flagged down a Maryville Police officer around 12:30 a.m. to report that a man who staggered and fell in the street had gotten behind the wheel of a red Ford F-150.

The officer followed 35-year-old Christopher Cole Patterson down East Broadway and saw him swerve outside of his lane several times near Tennessee Street before he crossed boundaries again while turning onto Washington Street, according to reports.

Patterson was stopped after the officer watched him sit in a left-turn lane at Sevierville Road and Washington Street with no oncoming traffic before he crossed a double yellow line on Sevierville Road near East Street.

Patterson, of Montvale Road, reportedly told the officer had hadn’t been drinking, then said he had a beer earlier that night. A partially consumed beer was found in the car.

A license check showed his driver’s license was revoked for a previous DUI in Blount County.

He was being held on $4,500 in combined bonds pending a 9 a.m. hearing June 18 in Blount County General Sessions Court.

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