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80 mph ATV pursuit nets Hawkins man multiple felony charges

Jeff Bobo • Updated Jun 7, 2018 at 1:48 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man riding a high performance Yamaha four-wheeler is facing several felony charges after allegedly leading Hawkins County deputies on an 80 mph chase Wednesday night, in and around Church Hill.

Larry Wayne McClellan, 26, 155 Country Lane Lot 23, Church Hill, was arrested on Bradley Creek Road after colliding into a patrol car for the second time, although police said two zaps with a taser were required to subdue him.

Around 8 p.m. Wednesday, HCSO Deputy Stacy Vaughan was patrolling Country Lane north of Volunteer High School, just outside the Church Hill City limits, when he observed a man later identified as McClellan, stopped in the roadway sitting on a four-wheeler.

As Vaughan approached the four-wheeler, however, McClellan allegedly took off at a high rate of speed on Country Lane.

McClellan reportedly fled through a nearby trailer park, north on Elm Springs Road, and then south on Elm Spring Road and onto the campus of Volunteer High School through the practice football field and Taylor Field.

As he exited Taylor Field, McClellan reportedly struck Vaughan's patrol car with the four-wheeler, causing damage.

Vaughan said he then paced the four-wheel on Volunteer Street at 80 mph in a 30 mph zone.

McClellan reportedly led deputies onto Fudges Chapel Road, and then onto Bradley Creek Road where he pulled over and appeared to be stopping.

Deputy Billy Begley pulled in front of the four-wheeler and stopped, at which time McClellan reportedly accelerated and hit Begley's car with the four-wheeler, causing damage.

McClellan then allegedly refused commands, resisted arrest and was tasered twice before being subdued.

Vaughan said McClellan smelled of alcohol and admitted he'd been drinking earlier in the day.

A court order for a blood draw was obtained, after which McClellan was charged with three counts of felony reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest, DUI second offense, two counts of destruction of county property, speeding 80 in a 30 mph zone and illegal use of an ATV on the roadway.

McClellan is scheduled for arraignment Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

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