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Police arrest Rogersville woman who was injured in police pursuit crash

Jeff Bobo • Aug 8, 2019 at 8:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE – A woman who was seriously injured in a roll-over crash last month that occurred while fleeing police following shoplifting and hit-and-run incidents in Rogersville, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on several charges.

Nichole Beth Fields, 36, 222 Burem Road, Rogersville, wasn’t immediately charged following the crash because she was recovering from injuries.

According to the Rogersville Police Department the incident occurred on the afternoon of July 14 after Fields allegedly shoplifted an $11 pack of drill bits from the Rogersville Tractor Supply on E. Main Street.

Police said Fields then attempted to flee the store in a 2012 Chevy Impala, allegedly striking a Ford F-150 pickup on her way out of the parking lot.

Rogersville Police Department Officer George Henry stated in his report that off duty officer Chris Funk observed the parking lot crash, and followed the Impala.

Funk reportedly observed Fields toss the stolen drill bits out of her vehicle onto E. Main Street.

Henry said he followed the Impala to the intersection of Petersburg Road and McKinney Chapel Church Road where he attempted a traffic stop with blue lights and siren.

By then multiple officers had converged on the area, and Fields allegedly refused to stop.

“The female then turned onto McKinney Chapel Church Road, almost striking Deputy Eric Pease head on,” Henry said. “The vehicle continued onto Route 66S and turned southbound. (Henry) was able to pass the vehicle and slow her down. The vehicle attempted to pass (Henry), at which time her vehicle made contact, causing her to lose control and crash.”

The Hawkins County Rescue Squad responded to the scene and extricated fields from the vehicle, which landed on its roof, down an embankment from Route 66S near the Route 70 intersection.

Wednesday afternoon Fields was arrested and charged with felony evading arrest, aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment, DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, theft, driving on a revoked license, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of Schedule II narcotics.

As of Thursday, she was being held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set pending arraignment Monday in Sessions court.

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