Kingsport teen leads police on lengthy pursuit
Wes Bunch and Rain Smith
Jul 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM
WEBER CITY — A Kingsport teen was arrested in Scott County, Va., late Monday night after allegedly leading police from multiple agencies on a nearly 30-mile pursuit — striking another motorist's car and throwing items from his vehicle as he fled.
Austin M. Stallard, 18, is charged by the Scott County Sheriff's Office with felony eluding, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving and driving without a license. He was apprehended by Scott County deputies around midnight near the Tennessee-Virginia state line.
Various law enforcement agencies say the pursuit began at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Highway 11-W in Hawkins County, when Stallard allegedly refused to stop for deputies. The circumstances of what prompted that attempted stop were not immediately available Tuesday afternoon from the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office.
Stallard reportedly fled down West Stone Drive into Kingsport, where city police joined the chase. He's alleged to have turned onto Interstate 26 heading east, then onto Sullivan Gardens Parkway toward Fall Branch.
Kingsport Police Department spokesperson Tom Patton says Stallard drove to Fall Branch before turning around and backtracking, eventually merging back onto I-26 in Kingsport. As he entered the on ramp for westbound lanes, he reportedly struck another motorist's vehicle, resulting in minor injuries to that driver.
With multiple officers in pursuit, Stallard allegedly continued west on I-26. He then exited the interstate and traveled north on State Route 36 into Virginia. Weber City police say he was clocked traveling approximately 60 mph at that point in the pursuit.
From U.S. Route 23, Stallard reportedly turned left onto Yuma Road, following it to Frisco Yard Road. He was stopped and apprehended by Scott County authorities just short of the Tennessee state line.
Police say Stallard was spotted throwing multiple items from his vehicle during the pursuit. Upon his arrest, he was allegedly found in possession of syringes.
Along with the charges placed in Scott County, additional charges are pending against Stallard from police in Hawkins County, Kingsport and Weber City.