The Rogersville police pursuit began shortly after the men stopped at the Quality Inn motel on Highway 11-W at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, allegedly to inject synthetic bath salts in the motel’s public bathroom.
They had gone to Rogersville that night to bail out a girlfriend who was arrested earlier in the day after the men were allegedly involved in a police pursuit in Church Hill.
One of the suspects allegedly told police they were getting high at the motel before heading to the Hawkins County jail to pay the bail.
The driver, Christopher Clay Kendrick, 36, 1408 Jayne Road, Kingsport; and passenger Cody Scott Compton, 20, Saratoga Road, Kingsport, were arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges placed by the Rogersville Police Department. Charges are also pending from the Church Hill Police Department, Morristown Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Kendrick is also wanted in Florida on a burglary charge and in Kingsport on a felony probation violation.
According to a statement given by Compton, their misadventures began Thursday afternoon when Church Hill police were dispatched to the Food Lion store on a complaint of a woman who appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was wearing only shorts and a bra in the store.
When CHPD Officer Ken Luster arrived at the store, Kendrick allegedly fled in his vehicle, leaving the girlfriend behind. Due to heavy traffic, Luster called off the pursuit, but Kendrick’s vehicle apparently ran out of gas a few miles away.
Kendrick and Compton then fled on foot, leaving the vehicle behind. It was later towed by police. The girlfriend was arrested while attempting to walk home and was charged with public intoxication.
Compton allegedly told police that Kendrick borrowed a 2011 Chevy Silverado from a Kingsport man to go bail his girlfriend out of the Hawkins County jail in Rogersville.
At 11:44 p.m. Thursday, Rogers- ville police were dispatched to the Quality Inn due to two men, later identified as Kendrick and Compton, who were reportedly behaving suspiciously and going in and out of the lobby restroom.
As RPD Officer Travis Fields was pulling in to the motel parking lot, the Silverado — with Kendrick behind the wheel and Compton in the passenger seat — was pulling out.
Fields told the Times-News he followed the truck, which initially pulled out eastbound, but then made an abrupt illegal U-turn and accelerated westbound.
A 90 mph pursuit ensued in which Fields allegedly observed the Silverado almost strike a patrol car driven by HCSO Deputy Jason Montgomery twice.
Fields said that from time to time during the pursuit something would be thrown out of the passenger side of the Silverado. Most often it appeared to be baggies containing white powder.
Compton allegedly gave a statement that Kendrick kept saying he wasn’t going back to prison. Compton stated that Kendrick threatened to kill him if he didn’t throw items out the window — including syringes, synthetic marijuana, bath salts and knives.
After arriving in Morristown, Kendrick allegedly attempted to run over a MPD officer who had put spikes in the roadway.
Compton bailed out of the vehicle when it had slowed down to about 15 mph for a moment, and was taken into custody.
Kendrick allegedly continued on, ran a red light at the intersection of Morris Boulevard and Cumberland Street, struck two vehicles and hit a utility pole before coming to a stop. Kendrick was the only person injured in the wreck, which totaled the borrowed Silverado.
Rogersville police charged Kendrick with felony evading arrest, three counts of felony reckless endangerment, speeding 90 mph in a 55 mph zone and improper turn.
Compton was charged with felony tampering with evidence.