Three-county chase ends with meth trafficking charge for Rogersville woman

Jeff Bobo • Sep 15, 2018 at 1:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Rogersville woman was charged with meth trafficking after allegedly leading police on a high speed chase Thursday morning from Hawkins County into Grainger County and finally to Morristown, where she was arrested.

Around 12:30 a.m.,  Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jesse Williams reportedly observed a 2003 Ford Escape traveling west on Highway 11-W at a high rate of speed near Gills Chapel Church west of Rogersville.

Williams stated in his report that at one point he observed the vehicle accelerate to 100 mph, at which time he attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle continued west, crossing the Grainger County line into Bean Station before turning onto U.S. 25-E.

At that point a passenger jumped out of the driver’s side backseat. That male wasn’t immediately captured, but HCSO Chief Deputy Tony Allen said the man dropped his parole card at the scene, so police know his identity.

However, the HCSO had no charges for that individual, and Allen didn’t know if he was still at large.

The driver of the Escape, Ashlei Diana Shanks, 26, 207 Jackson St., then allegedly doubled back into Hawkins County via Rocky Summit and then Slate Hill Road, where she allegedly drove on the wrong side of the road.

She then reportedly took County Line Road back into Grainger County and onto U.S. 25-E again, where she turned toward Morristown.

She was eventually apprehended at Kidwell Church Road in Morristown. A search of Shanks’ vehicle allegedly revealed her to be in possession of a purple case containing 1.7 grams of meth and several empty plastic baggies in a glasses case.

Shanks was charged by the HCSO with possession of meth with intent to deliver, felony evading arrest, reckless driving, speeding 100 mph in a 55 mph zone and driving while in possession of meth.

She was being held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set pending arraignment Monday morning in Sessions Court.

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