Four-wheeler chase lands Mooresburg teen in jail

Jeff Bobo • Aug 21, 2007 at 12:00 AM

A Mooresburg teen learned that two wrongs won’t make a right Friday evening when he allegedly fled from a state trooper attempting to stop him for driving a four-wheeler on a public street.

According to reports, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Christy Osborne was patrolling Slate Hill Road south of Mooresburg Friday around 7:45 p.m. when she observed a four-wheeler with a black roll bar traveling east on the roadway.

Osborne attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver of four-wheeler — which also carried two passengers — allegedly refused to yield to the blue lights and siren.

“I followed the vehicle for about a mile and half before the vehicle turned onto a lake access road and traveled into the Cherokee Lake bed, which was dried out,” Osborne stated in her report.

Osborne said she followed a trail for 1½ to 2 miles before receiving a call that the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department had detained the front passenger of the four-wheeler. The passenger said he’d jumped off the four-wheeler because he was “scared at the way the driver was driving and fleeing from law enforcement.”

Osborne spoke to the passenger, who identified the alleged driver of the four-wheeler and took Osborne to his house.

The driver was identified as Christopher Lynn Lawson, 19, 156 Berry Drive, Mooresburg.

Osborne stated in the report she also located the four-wheeler hidden in some trees along the lakeshore.

As for the second passenger, Lawson stated the person’s name was “Johnny” who he’d just met and didn’t know his last name.

Lawson was charged with evading arrest, reckless endangerment and driving an off-road vehicle on the roadway. He is scheduled for arraignment Aug. 27 in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

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