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Driver clocked at nearly 100 mph, flees police through field

September 6th, 2013 1:08 pm by Rain Smith

Driver clocked at nearly 100 mph, flees police through field

Frank Long

A man faces multiple charges in Sullivan County after he was reportedly clocked at nearly 100 mph on Highway 394, later  crashing as he attempted to illegally pass another motorist.

A police report says he then drove through a field before bailing from the vehicle and running into a wooded area, where he was pepper sprayed. A passenger was injured in the crash, while the suspect, who has two previous DUI charges, said he fled due to not having a license.

Frank Long, 45, of 1805 King College Road, Apartment C9, Bristol, Tenn., was arrested in the Thursday incident. A Sullivan County Sheriff's Office incident report says it began shortly after 4 p.m.

A deputy on Highway 394 observed a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo heading west near Vance Tank Road. The deputy says the car was visibly speeding, with radar confirming it was traveling 93 mph.

Police report catching up with the car, later learned to be driven by Long, near White Top Road. When their lights and sirens were activated Long allegedly turned onto White Top, then accelerated to 80 mph in a 35 mph zone.

As Long veered into the oncoming lane of traffic to pass a vehicle he lost control, striking a mailbox and embankment. He allegedly continued driving into a field before exiting the car and running.

Police say Long ignored multiple commands to stop, jumping a fence and fleeing up a small road. He then reportedly darted into a wood line and refused to come out for officers pursuing on foot, prompting a blast of pepper spray.

Long allegedly continued to struggle with police, who struck him with batons to bring him to the ground and into custody.

When asked why he ran, according to the arrest report, Long said he'd been drinking and has a suspended license. Police say a records check revealed two previous convictions of DUI.

Back at the Monte Carlo that Long had darted from, police located a 41-year-old occupant complaining of neck and knee pain. The man claimed to have told Long to pull over when police attempted to conduct a stop, but Long said he was going to run ? then threw a beer in his passenger's face.

As the man was taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, Bristol Tennessee police contacted the owner of the vehicle. She allegedly said Long didn't have permission to drive the car.

Long was transported to the hospital for a blood draw and then booked into the Sullivan County jail in Blountville. He is charged with joyriding, reckless endangerment, speeding and driving on suspended or revoked license.

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