Teen who fled traffic stop hits embankment after turning off headlights

Jeff Bobo • Feb 20, 2018 at 2:45 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — A Hawkins County teen who allegedly fled a traffic stop early Friday morning is now facing a felony charge and a wrecked pickup instead of the speeding ticket he would have received if he had stopped.

Around 1:45 a.m. Friday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Daniel Desormeaux reportedly spotted a 1992 Chevy S-14 pickup on Stanley Valley Road traveling 75 mph in a 40 mph zone.

Desormeaux attempted a traffic stop at which time the pickup, driven by Angus Ceasar Kneschke, 18, 173 Lawson Drive, Rogersville, allegedly accelerated in an attempt to evade the deputy.

While Desormeaux pursued the truck east on Stanley Valley Road, Kneschke allegedly turned off his lights in an apparent attempt to help his getaway.

Kneschke then turned on Bray Road and then onto George Allen Road, where the pickup ran off the road into an embankment, "busting both front tires."

Upon being arrested, Kneschke was found to have a valid driver's license and no warrants. Kneschke reportedly stated he fled the traffic stop because "he got scared."

He was charged with felony evading arrest, speeding 75 in a 40 zone, reckless endangerment and reckless driving for driving at a high rate of speed at night with his lights off.

As of Tuesday, he remained held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set pending arraignment Wednesday in Sessions Court.

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