Michael Keith Eldridge, 40, Michelle Lee Parrish, 22
ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County woman led police on a foot chase through the Rogersville Walmart Friday after an off-duty Hancock County Deputy recognized her as being wanted there for a probation violation.
Shortly after 4 p.m. Friday the off-duty Hancock County deputy contacted Hawkins County Central dispatch and stated that he’d spotted Michelle Lee Parrish, 22, 222 Choptack Road, Rogersville, inside the Rogersville Walmart.
HCSO Deputy Jeremy Nash arrived at the store a short time later, made contact with the off duty deputy, and then made eye contact with Parrish and her male companion, Michael Keith Eldridge, 40, of Sneedville.
“Michelle turned and took off running towards the garden department in Walmart,” Nash said. “I made contact with Michael Eldridge and he yelled out, ‘Run Michelle. Run.’ I asked Michael which way Michelle ran and he stated he didn’t know.
“I pursued Michelle through the store, toward the exit of the garden center, and she was later apprehended outside the store.”
Nash said he asked Parrish why she ran. She reportedly replied that she “wasn’t running, she stopped by the door.”
Parrish was charged with evading arrest along with the probation violation warrant.
Nash said he asked Eldridge why he gave false information, and why he told Parrish to run.
Eldridge allegedly replied, “I couldn’t let ya’ll catch her.”
During a search of Eldridge a Suboxone strip was allegedly found in his wallet.
Eldridge was charged with filing a false report and simple possession of Schedule IV narcotics.
Both were arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court.
As of Monday Parrish remained held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond.
Eldridge was being held Monday in the Hawkins County Jail on $3,500 bond.