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Man faces felonies after Kingsport pursuit

Rain Smith • Jun 11, 2018 at 2:06 PM

KINGSPORT — A Kingsport man is jailed on multiple charges after allegedly assaulting a woman at a motel, then fleeing police in a stolen vehicle and crashing into another motorist.

Brently J. Castle, 31, was arrested Sunday night and booked into the city jail. According to records at the Kingsport Police Department, shortly after noon on Saturday officers were alerted to a possible assault and robbery at West Side Inn, 1017 W. Stone Drive.

The female victim claimed that Castle had stolen $2,000 from her, choked her and hit her on the head with a gun. As officers entered the parking lot, Castle fled in a 1998 Ford Mustang that had previously been reported stolen in Bristol.

During a subsequent pursuit on eastbound lanes of Stone Drive, Castle reportedly ignored police lights and sirens and hit speeds of about 90 mph. While turning right onto Clinchfield Street, Castle's car struck a Honda and caused minor damage.

Out of concerns for public safety, the pursuit was terminated. Still yet, on Clinchfield Street Castle left the roadway and entered the yard of a residence, causing "severe damage" to the lawn.

According to a KPD incident report, Central Dispatch was soon fielding multiple calls about Castle's reckless driving and was alerted to him traveling on Lynn Garden Drive with a blown tire. He crashed into another car in front of Pal’s — causing disabling damage to both vehicles — and ran up May Avenue.

Despite a police saturation of the area, he was not immediately located. Shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday, he was found at a home on Marion Street and taken into custody.

Castle, a resident of Model City Apartments on Stonegate Road, is charged with reckless endangerment, evading arrest, possession of stolen property, vandalism, failure to maintain control, leaving the scene of a crash, speeding, burglary and aggravated kidnapping.

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