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Clerk refused beer sale to DUI suspect moments before 100 mph pursuit

Jeff Bobo • May 31, 2018 at 5:30 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — A DUI suspect who wasn’t allowed to buy beer in Church Hill Wednesday morning allegedly led police on a 100 mph chase from Surgoinsville into Kingsport, where the pursuit was discontinued on Netherland Inn Road due to public safety concerns.

The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office later apprehended Mark Anthony Bishop and his female passenger, Lisa Rose Reynolds, in a field behind a Ramey Town Road residence north of Allandale.

Aside from four felony charges, Bishop was charged with DUI 3rd offense, driving on a revoked license 6th offense and leaving the scene of an accident for colliding with an elderly couple’s vehicle during the police pursuit.

The chase began shortly before 11:30 a.m. after Surgoinsville Police Department Officer Nathan Simpson received a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a shirtless drunk driver in a beige Jeep.

The driver, later identified as Bishop, 45, 913 Shadyside Drive, Kingsport, was reportedly angry because he had been refused a beer purchase at the Quick Stop market on Main Street in Church Hill, and he was headed toward Surgoinville.

Simpson responded to the next closest beer store on Highway 11-W near the Surgoinsville city limits, where he observed a shirtless Bishop driving west on 11-W.

Simpson conducted a traffic stop, but Bishop reportedly refused to exit the vehicle, then drove off heading east on 11-W.

During the ensuing pursuit, Bishop reportedly passed eastbound Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Draine, who had activated his lights and siren as he observed the Jeep approaching from behind.

Draine said he had to swerve to avoid a collision with the Jeep, and then observed the Jeep was passing vehicles in the emergency lane at 100 mph.

As the Jeep crossed Goshen Valley Road, it collided with a 2016 Toyota Highlander stopped at the intersection and driven by 83-year-old Robert McDaniel of Maryville.

Neither McDaniel nor his passenger, 76-year-old Rebecca McDaniel, was injured, and the Jeep continued east.

The HCSO, Church Hill Police Department and Mount Carmel Police Department participated in the pursuit, which passed through Mount Carmel into Kingsport, where Bishop turned right onto Netherland Inn Road.

Draine discontinued the chase after observing Bishop passing vehicles on a double yellow line on Netherland Inn Road.

Around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, HCSO Detective Brian Boggs located the suspect Jeep parked beside a residence on Ramey Town Road.

Boggs said he walked behind the residence, where he located Bishop and Reynolds in a field, and they were both arrested.

Reynolds, 52, 440 E. Sullivan St., Kingsport, initially identified herself to Boggs as Denise Shvale.

When there was no computer record of that name, she was correctly identified and found to have a pending arrest warrant in Sullivan County.

Boggs said Reynolds smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on her feet. She was allegedly found to be in possession of a pipe and a total of 47 pills or pieces of pills identified as Lopressor and Pramipexole Dihydrochloride, for which she had no prescription.

Reynolds was charged with criminal impersonation, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession without a prescription and public intoxication.

Upon arriving at the Hawkins County Jail, Bishop reportedly performed poorly on a field sobriety test and then submitted to a blood draw.

Simpson charged Bishop with felony evading arrest.

Draine charged Bishop with felony evading arrest, two counts of felony reckless endangerment, DUI third offense, driving on revoked 6th offense, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, speeding, improper passing and failure to give immediate notice of an accident.

Both were being held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond pending arraignment set for Monday in Sessions Court.

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