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Man ejected from car while fleeing Sullivan County police

March 31st, 2014 10:49 am by Rain Smith

Man ejected from car while fleeing Sullivan County police

Charles White

A Kingsport man has been arrested after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop for a broken brake light, then forcing other motorists off the road before flipping his own vehicle.

The suspect ran from the crash scene and was apprehended after a brief foot chase, according to police, with marijuana later found in his possession.

A report at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office says the incident began shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday. A deputy in the 4200 block of Fort Henry Drive attempted to stop a 1992 Ford Fiesta due to a non-functional brake light.

The driver of the Ford, later identified as Charles White, 22, of 229 Warrior Drive, reportedly came to a brief stop and then accelerated away. Police say he continued westbound on Fort Henry and turned onto Colonial Heights Road, passing a pair of other vehicles on the double yellow line.

Those other motorists were allegedly forced to veer to the shoulder of the roadway to prevent collision, with White then running stop sign onto Fall Creek Road. That was reportedly followed by a right hand turn onto Cedar Branch, where White lost control of his vehicle and entered a field.

Exiting the road caused damage to his vehicle, according to a police report, with White's right rear tire coming off the rim. But he allegedly continued to flee, eventually striking an embankment and crashing in the 700 block of Cedar Branch.

Police say White's Ford rolled approximately four times in the roadway, ejecting him from the vehicle. He reportedly landed in a field, jumped up and ran into a nearby wooded area, with officers following and apprehending him after a foot pursuit.

The entire chase lasted less than 10 minutes, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, with speeds never exceeding 50 mph.

Police say that debris from the crash included a bag of marijuana and scales. A backpack White allegedly threw as he ran from officers was found to contain a mason jar with additional marijuana, along with a marijuana vaporizer.

Sullivan County EMS transported White to the hospital for treatment. The Tennessee Highway Patrol was called to investigate the crash, as is standard protocol for wrecks occurring during a pursuit.

White is charged with felony evading arrest, two counts of felony reckless endangerment, possession of marijuana for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of seatbelt law and multiple traffic offenses, including driving on switched tags.

As of Monday morning he had not been booked into jail and remained hospitalized.

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