117 mph police pursuit that started in Mount Carmel ended in Lee County, Va.

Jeff Bobo • Jun 4, 2018 at 9:30 PM

MOUNT CARMEL — A Hawkins County man who allegedly led Mount Carmel police on a chase last week into Claiborne County, reaching speeds of 117 mph, was eventually arrested in Lee County, Va.

As of Monday, Barry Lynn Jones, 44, 429 Cypress St., Mount Carmel, was being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield, where he was awaiting extradition back to Hawkins County on multiple charges including felony evading arrest.

At the time of the incident Wednesday evening, Mount Carmel Police Department Lt. Ken Lunsford had already received a tip that Jones was supposed to be in possession of a large quantity of narcotics and in a silver Impala with the wrong license plate.

Around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Lunsford observed the Impala heading south on Kaywood Avenue.

Aside from the registration violation, Lunsford also reportedly had cause to stop the Impala due to a window tint violation.

When the traffic stop was attempted at the intersection of Kaywood and Main Street, however, Jones allegedly fled onto Main Street, going 62 mph in a 30 mph zone. He reportedly blew through the stop sign at Independence Avenue and continued west on Highway 11-W.

Jones also allegedly ran the red light at Hammond Avenue and continued west through Church Hill, Surgoinsville and Rogersville.

Lunsford stated in his report that during the pursuit, Jones hit 117 mph. When they arrived in Rogersville, the Rogersville Police Department took over as lead vehicle.

It was after the RPD joined the pursuit that Lunsford reportedly observed Jones tossing items out of the Impala including clear plastic bags, a car radio and a laptop computer.

There was no information available as of Monday whether any of those items had been recovered.

The pursuit eventually crossed into Grainger County, where Bean Station police were unsuccessful in stopping the Impala with a spike strip.

Jones turned north onto 25-E, and when he reached Claiborne County Lunsford discontinued his pursuit.

Jones reportedly led police from Claiborne County into Lee County, Va., where he was arrested.

As of Monday, he had been served with the MCPD warrant charging him with felony evading arrest, reckless driving, two counts of speeding, driving on a suspended license 3rd offense, two stop sign violations, registration violation, failure to stop for a red light and window tint violation.

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