Rogersville police charge two men after high-speed pursuits

Jeff Bobo • Oct 9, 2007 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — Rogersville police made arrests this past weekend in two high-speed pursuits including a dirt motorcycle rider who was allegedly riding on Highway 11-W at night with no lights.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday, Rogersville Police Department Officer Patrick Johnson observed a Suzuki dirt motorcycle traveling along on Highway 11-W with no lights and no registration, and the rider wasn’t wearing a helmet.

Johnson stated in his report that when he activated his blue lights to initiate a traffic stop the driver — later identified as Brandon Wayne Cooper, 19, 179 River Shadow Road, Rogersville — looked over his shoulder at the officer and then turned onto Hawkins Street and accelerated.

The motorcyclist fled on Hawkins Street doing 50 mph in a 20 mph zone and then turned onto Fugate Street and then onto Reno Street, according to reports.

RPD Officer George Henry intercepted the motorcycle on Reno Street and blocked the road. Cooper then allegedly tried to go across a curb and up a hill and wrecked the bike.

Upon wrecking, Cooper fled on foot and was apprehended by Officer Chris Pinkston on Circle Drive, police said. He was charged with evading arrest, violation of the light law, violation of the helmet law, violation of the registration law, speeding and for having no motorcycle license.

Cooper is scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Sessions Court on Oct. 22.

In an unrelated pursuit, Pinkston attempted a traffic stop on a 1993 Nissan pickup Saturday shortly before 6 p.m. for speeding 75 mph in a 55 mph zone on Highway 11-W near the Hasson Street intersection.

Pinkston stated in his report that the truck — allegedly driven by Justin Caudill, 21, 156 Flat Wood Lane, Rogersville — accelerated when the officer turned on his blue lights and fled to the Route 66 intersection, where the driver turned north on the ramp.

Pinkston said Caudill continued north on Route 66 and stopped at Flat Wood Lane near his home. When the officer asked Caudill to exit the pickup he allegedly refused.

A check of Caudill’s driving status showed his license to be suspended for failure to satisfy two previous citations.

Caudill was taken into custody and charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest, speeding and driving on a suspended license third offense. He is scheduled for arraignment on Oct. 15.

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