GATE CITY – Prosecutors said Friday they will seek direct indictments against a Kingsport man who allegedly led a Scott County sheriff’s deputy on a high-speed pursuit last week with a stolen vehicle.
The Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said it plans to pursue felony eluding and reckless driving charges against Nicholas Brown, 21, of Kingsport, for his alleged involvement in the May 26 chase.
Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marcus McClung said his office is bringing felony charges against Brown because his alleged actions endangered others.
“When it comes to eluding there is a misdemeanor category and a felony category,” McClung said. “Whenever you put the lives of others in danger it elevates the charge to the felony category ... it’s a Class 6 felony that carries up to 5 years in jail.”
McClung said his office has no plans to bring charges against the passenger in the stolen vehicle, 22-year-old Amber Sexton of Kingsport.
However, both Brown and Sexton will likely face charges in Kingsport for allegedly stealing a 1997 Honda Civic from the Model City Apartments on May 23.
According the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, the roughly 8-mile-long pursuit began 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.
Both Brown and Sexton were injured in the accident and transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tenn.
McClung said his office was taking the charges against Brown directly to the grand jury since he is in custody in Tennessee.
“Because Tennessee has him, we’re not going take out warrants for the arrest of Mr. Brown,” McClung said.