ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County authorities have had their hands full in 2008 dealing with high-speed chases, motorcycles hitting triple-digit speeds, and downright life-threatening situations on the road.
Three examples were heard Monday by the Hawkins County grand jury, although ironically none of the three suspects is from Hawkins County, including a man accused of nearly running over Rogersville Police Chief Doug Nelson on June 5 in a stolen Lincoln Continental.
Anthony Allen Dixon, 29, of Chicago, was indicted Monday on seven charges including speeding 108 in a 55 mph zone, two counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, felony reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest and driving on a suspended license.
Police were aware that the Lincoln was barreling toward Rogersville on Highway 11-W at a high rate of speed, and officers had cleared the intersection at Park Boulevard.
Nelson had just directed a motorist to the shoulder of the highway when Dixon allegedly missed striking him on the roadway by a few inches. Nelson later said the force of the Lincoln passing by him in excess of 100 mph nearly picked him up off his feet.
Dixon also allegedly barely missed Detective Jim Shanks and continued through the intersection before wrecking at the Hasson Street intersection and striking two occupied vehicles. No one was seriously injured in the wreck.
Also indicted by the Hawkins County grand jury Monday was David Lee Foster, 20, of Sneedville, who allegedly led police on a high-speed pursuit from Bean Station through Rogersville and up Stanley Valley Road nearly to the Virginia state line.
Bean Station police had attempted to pull over Foster on June 10 after a computer check revealed the truck he was driving had been stolen from Jefferson County the night before.
Police chased Foster east on Highway 11-W. Also in Foster’s vehicle were two children ages 8 and 9, and their mother. The mother called 911 and could be heard pleading with Foster to stop during the chase.
The Rogersville Police Department had six patrol cars involved in the chase, and four of those were damaged. One car was reportedly struck by Foster on 11-W and the other three on Stanley Valley Road after Foster allegedly spun the stolen vehicle 180 degrees and accelerated toward officers head on.
Foster was indicted Monday on five charges including felony reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest, reckless driving, possession of a prohibited weapon (butterfly knife) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He is also facing charges in Grainger and Jefferson counties.
There have been several motorcycles clocked in the triple digits this year in Hawkins County, but the first motorcyclist to be indicted on felony charges was Loda E. Ward, 23, 474 Allen Drive, Kingsport.
Actually the speeding itself wasn’t a felony. Ward was indicted for speeding 138 mph in a 55 mph zone from an incident that occurred on March 24 on Highway 11-W in Church Hill and speeding 156 mph in a 55 mph zone for an incident that happened in Mount Carmel on March 25.
He was additionally charged with felony evading arrest stemming from the March 25 incident, as well as two counts of reckless driving, failure to show proof of insurance, and registration violation.
All three suspects are scheduled for arraignment Friday in Hawkins County Circuit Court.