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Hawkins man arrested after 95 mph chase through Surgoinsville

Jeff Bobo • Aug 27, 2018 at 9:30 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — A Hawkins County man is facing numerous charges after allegedly leading police on 95 mph chase Friday morning through Surgoinsville and part of Carters Valley with a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit.

Around 6 a.m. Friday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stacy Vaughan reportedly observed Brian Scott Linkous, 39, 144 Cope Lane, Rogersville, getting gas at the Quick Stop Market on Highway 11-W in Surgoinsville.

Vaughan knew Linkous to be wanted by Surgoinsville Police Chief James Hammonds on warrants for driving on a revoked license and registration violation stemming from an Aug. 14 incident.

When Linkous pulled out of the Quick Stop driving a 1995 Ford Mercury, Vaughan activated his blue lights and siren in an attempt to make a traffic stop.

Linkous reportedly refused to stop and maintaining a low speed turned south on Phipps Bend Road. He made a loop through the Phipps Bend Industrial Park and then exited the park northbound on Phipps Bend Road.

Vaughan stated in his report that as Linkous approached 11-W, he accelerated, nearly struck a patrol car driven by Cpl. Bobby Moffitt and turned west on 11-W.

Officers pursued Linkous, who allegedly reached 95 mph before turning onto Carters Valley Loop, where he nearly struck a patrol car driven by Sgt. Jeremy Nash at the Barton Road intersection.

Linkous then turned east on Carters Valley Road and into a trailer park at 424 Carters Valley Road, where he sped through the park and stopped on the back street, where he exited the car and ran on foot.

Vaughan said he was able to apprehend Linkous after hitting him with a Taser.

A syringe and 1.5 Suboxone pills were allegedly located in his pocket. His blood-alcohol content was determined to be 0.25 percent.

In addition to the previous Surgoinsville Police Department charges, Linkous was charged with felony evading arrest, two counts of reckless endangerment, speeding 95 in a 55 zone, four stop sign violations, unregistered vehicle, DUI second offense, driving on a revoked license, possession of Schedule III narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, and no insurance.

He was arraigned Monday in Sessions Court and was being held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set.

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