GATE CITY — A Kingsport man and woman are facing multiple charges following a high-speed pursuit Sunday in the Hiltons area of Scott County that ended with them wrecking a vehicle they allegedly stole.
The vehicle’s driver, Nicholas Brown, 21, and passenger, Amber Sexton, 22, both of Kingsport, are facing multiple felony charges in Virginia and Tennessee as a result of the incident, officers with Virginia State Police and Scott County Sheriff’s Office said.
Both Brown and Sexton were reportedly transported by MedFlight to Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tenn., for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries sustained in the crash.
Their conditions were not immediately available Monday evening.
The two were allegedly in a 1997 Honda Civic that was reported stolen May 23 from a Kingsport apartment complex at the time of the incident.
According the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, which initiated the roughly 8-mile-long pursuit, the incident began shortly before 5:45 p.m. on Nottingham Road east of Gate City when a Scott County Sheriff’s deputy passed the Civic and turned around to stop it for a minor traffic violation.
Once the officer got behind the vehicle, authorities said Brown allegedly refused to pull over and attempted to flee.
Authorities said Brown then turned onto Bristol Highway, driving at speeds near 80 mph before turning on A.P. Carter Highway.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Office said Brown had just rounded a curve and was driving approximately 65 mph on a straight portion of A.P. Carter when he lost control of the Civic and exited the left side of the roadway roughly three miles past the Carter Family Fold.
A VSP trooper said speed was the major reason Brown lost control of the vehicle, which drove through a fence and field before striking a tree and flipping.
The accident reportedly caused $500 of property damage and totaled the stolen Honda.
The VSP charged Brown with reckless driving and driving without a license, while Scott County authorities said both Brown and Sexton were likely facing several charges as a result of the pursuit, including felony eluding arrest and possession of stolen property.
Charges are also likely pending against the pair out of Kingsport in connection with the stolen Honda.
Authorities said the pair would be taken into custody following their release from medical care.