Kingsport teen faces 31 counts in two states stemming from Monday chase

Jeff Bobo • Jul 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM

GATE CITY — A Kingsport teen who allegedly led police on a 30-mile, three-county chase late Monday night started the pursuit by flashing a Hawkins County deputy his middle finger.

Austin M. Stallard, 18, 307 Parsons Drive, Kingsport, is now facing 21 charges in Hawkins County, but first he’ll have to resolve the 10 charges he’s facing in Scott County, Va.

Stallard and his passenger, Linda Marie Dockery, 26, 344 Sewanee Ave., Kingsport, were both arraigned Thursday in Scott County General District Court on multiple charges stemming from the Monday night pursuit.

Stallard is charged in Virginia with two counts of felony eluding arrest, reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, two counts of driving without a license, failure to obey a traffic signal, a windshield violation and insufficient tire tread.

Dockery is charged in Virginia with illegal possession of a stun gun by a convicted felon, possession of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon, two drug possession charges and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both remain held without bond in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield.

The chase began Monday shortly after 11 p.m.

HCSO Deputy Jeremy Nash was patrolling Highway 11-W in Kingsport near the Netherland Inn Road intersection when he observed a 1994 Honda CEX driven by Stallard traveling right of center and almost striking another vehicle.

Nash stated in his report that he initiated a traffic stop, at which time Stallard “made an offensive gesture” out the driver’s side window.

Stallard then allegedly fled through the Waffle House parking lot, almost striking two other vehicles that were exiting the lot.

Stallard allegedly fled east on Netherland Inn Road, and attempted to turn onto Big Elm Road, but missed the turn, almost striking another vehicle.

The chase then continued east into Sullivan County.

Nash stated in his report that on several occasions he observed an occupant of the Honda throw baggies containing white powder out of the window.

The pursuit extended from John B. Dennis Road, to Wilcox Road to Route 93. At one point Stallard allegedly swerved at a Kingsport patrol car, struck a concrete retaining wall and spun 180 degrees, and then struck a parked vehicle on the shoulder of Interstate 26.

Stallard then headed north on I-26 across the Virginia line where the interstate turns into U.S. 23.

He turned onto Yuma Road, then New State Road, and Frisco Yard Road, heading back into Hawkins County, and then onto Carters Valley Road where he turned east toward Sullivan County.

On Carters Valley Road Stallard’s right front tire blew, but he continued on, driving on the rim.

The vehicle finally came to a stop at 502 W. Carters Valley Road on the Virginia side of the state line, and the couple were taken into custody.

Upon searching the vehicle police allegedly found several pills packaged in small baggies for resale including diazepam, valium and oxycodone, as well as four glass pipes, two silver spoons with white powder residue, two loaded syringes, two digital scales, numerous clear plastic baggies and $176 in cash.

Dockery will not be charged by the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office.

Among the charges awaiting Stallard in Hawkins County are possession of Schedule II narcotics for resale, possession of Schedule IV narcotics for resale, tampering with evidence, felony evading arrest, three counts of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, speeding, no insurance and 10 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

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