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Hawkins man wrecks while fleeing police

February 1st, 2013 12:05 am by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins man wrecks while fleeing police


ROGERSVILLE — A Mooresburg man is facing several charges including felony evading arrest after allegedly leading police on a chase early Thursday morning before crashing about two miles north of Rogersville.

Shortly before 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeremy Nash was patrolling westbound on Highway 11-W in Mooresburg when he reportedly spotted a maroon Saturn traveling eastbound with a headlight out.

Nash stated in his report that he attempted a traffic stop, at which time the driver, later identified as Jordan Patrick Gilliam, 22, 570 Mooresburg Springs Road, Mooresburg, allegedly accelerated and turned onto Old Highway 11-W.

Nash said he followed the vehicle as it turned north onto Choptack Road, where it was allegedly “swerving on both sides of the road.”

“The vehicle was traveling at a fast rate of speed given the road conditions, in an attempt to elude officers,” Nash said.

“The vehicle continued north on Choptack Road, crossing Highway 11-W without stopping, and turned north on Rt. 66-N. I followed the vehicle approximately two miles north on Rt. 66 before it crashed.”

Gilliam wasn’t injured, and allegedly told Nash he fled because his driver’s license was suspended.

A computer check confirmed that Gilliam’s license had been suspended for failure to satisfy a citation.

Aside from felony evading arrest, Gilliam was charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment, driving on a suspended license, driving left of center and violation of the light law.

As of Thursday evening Gilliam remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $25,000 bond pending arraignment set for Monday.

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