Motorist wrecks at Walmart after fleeing Kingsport police

Rain Smith • Jul 31, 2018 at 2:42 PM

KINGSPORT — What should have been a routine traffic stop Monday escalated to felony charges against a Kingsport woman, according to police, after she sped away and crashed up an embankment, hitting two cars outside the Lynn Garden Walmart.

The incident occurred at about 7:40 a.m. Records at the Kingsport Police Department state that on Lynn Garden Drive near Mull Street, an officer tried to stop a southbound Chrysler van. It was reportedly traveling 55 mph in a 40 mph zone.

The driver, later identified as Miranda N. Cox, 32, of Rosetree Lane, reportedly looked at the officer and accelerated away. The officer momentarily lost sight of the van, but soon spotted the vehicle wrecked at the Walmart Neighborhood Market.

According to a crash report, Cox attempted to enter the parking lot from Lynn Garden Drive, but due to her speed missed the turn. Her van then traveled up an embankment and into the parking lot, striking a Honda Civic and Chevrolet Impala. Both of those vehicles were unoccupied. The Honda sustained disabling damage.

The reporting officer says that upon his arrival, Cox approached on foot and lied about who was driving the van, claiming it was her brother. She said she had been waiting for him to come pick her up, but when he crashed he ran from the scene.

However, the accounts of witnesses and a review of surveillance video revealed otherwise. Cox was then arrested on multiple charges: reckless driving, false reporting, felony evading arrest, speeding, driving on a suspended license and failure to have insurance.

Police report that meth was also found in her pocket, netting one count of simple possession.

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