Woman accused of fleeing traffic stop at 90 mph with marijuana

Jeff Bobo • May 22, 2018 at 2:32 PM

Editor’s Note: On July 18 in Hawkins County Court, the following charges against Sher were dismissed: reckless driving, failure to yield to emergency vehicles and speeding. She was also granted judicial diversion on the charges of  simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

SURGOINSVILLE — A North Carolina woman is facing numerous charges, including reckless driving and marijuana possession, after allegedly leading police on a 90 mph chase Friday along Highway 11-W in Surgoinsville and Church Hill.

The driver, identified as Alison Lea Sher, 30, of Asheville, N.C., later reportedly stated she was in a hurry to return to Washington, D.C., which according to her arrest report, is where she was born.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chad Gillenwater reportedly observed an eastbound Subaru Forester traveling 91 mph in a 55 mph zone eastbound on 11-W past the Quick Stop Market in Surgoinsville.

Gillenwater said that when he caught up to the Subaru, it didn't slow down and was weaving in and out of slower traffic.

Prior to switching on his blue lights, Gillenwater paced behind the Subaru at between 90-95 mph, and when he did switch on the blue lights and siren, Sher allegedly refused to stop or slow down.

"At one point near the intersection of AFG Road the (Subaru) was forced to slow down due to one vehicle in front of it in the right hand lane and two along side of it in the left hand lane," Gillenwater stated in his report. "(The Subaru) suddenly accelerated and jerked over in front of the two left lane vehicle to pass the right lane vehicle. During the maneuver the vehicle nearly clipped the front corner of the left-lane vehicle."

The Subaru then allegedly accelerated back up to 90 mph. As they passed the Kingsport Press road intersection, there was a Church Hill Police Department patrol car approaching in the westbound lane with lights and siren activated.

Sher then reportedly swerved onto the shoulder of the highway and stopped.

When asked if she was in possession of any illegal materials, Sher allegedly admitted she had tossed a small bag containing marijuana into the rear cargo area of her car, which was recovered along with rolling papers.

Sher was charged with reckless driving, failure to stop for a blue light, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding 91 in a 55 mph zone.

She was released from the Hawkins County Jail on Saturday afternoon on $8,500 bond and arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

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