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Biker leads police on 100 mph pursuit for nearly full length of Hawkins County

Jeff Bobo • Aug 9, 2014 at 12:55 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who was allegedly clocked in excess of 100 mph by two different police agencies early Sunday led police on a chase nearly the full length of Hawkins County from Mount Carmel to Bean Station.

Joshua Wade Byington, 26, 104 Flora Street, Rogersville, was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on two counts of felony evading arrest, two counts of reckless driving, two counts of speeding, and driving without a motorcycle operator's license.

Around 12:35 a.m. Sunday, Mount Carmel Police Department Sgt. Ken Lunsford attempted a traffic stop on Highway 11-W at the Englewood Avenue intersection of a westbound black Honda motorcycle, which was later determined to be driven by Byington.

Lunsford stated in his report that instead of stopping, the motorcycle accelerated and refused to stop.

After reaching speeds of 100 mph, Lunsford terminated the pursuit east of Silver Lake Road in Church Hill.

At 12:50 a.m., Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Deputy Reba Matthews reportedly observed the same black Honda traveling 113 mph westbound on 11-W.

Matthews said she activated her lights and siren and attempted to stop the motorcycle, but the driver refused to stop.

"Mr. Byington was weaving from lane to lane in a reckless manner," Matthews stated in her report. "Mr. Byington would slow down to speeds of 70-80 mph, and then speed back up to speeds over 100 mph. At Park Boulevard in Rogersville, the Rogersville Police Department joined in the pursuit with other lower end county units."

"I continued pursuit for approximately 25-30 miles until the Hawkins County/Grainger County line where the Bean Station Police Department took over the pursuit."

Byington was finally stopped in Bean Station and reportedly arrested there following a brief struggle.

He was released from the Hawkins County Jail Monday on $5,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 27 in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

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