Charles Matthew Brown, 25
A Greeneville man has been jailed after allegedly leading a police pursuit along the outskirts of Kingsport's Eastman facility — driving his vehicle head-on at multiple patrol cars during the incident — and admitting that he "hit the pipe" from behind the wheel as officers gave chase.
He was taken into custody at the on ramp to John B. Dennis Highway, after crashing into a tree and attempting to crawl from his sunroof.
According to a press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, the incident began just before 4 a.m. Thursday. An SCSO officer reportedly observed a 1995 Honda Accord make an illegal U-turn on Jared Drive and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.
The driver, later identified as Charles Matthew Brown, 25, of Old Cemetery Road in Greeneville, briefly pulled to the shoulder, according to police, then abruptly accelerated and sped away. After proceeding onto Moreland Drive he reportedly made a series of U-turns, eventually turning onto Pond Springs Road.
At that point police briefly lost sight of Brown's vehicle. According to the SCSO press release, Brown apparently continued on Pond Springs and then turned around, as he was soon speeding head-on towards two patrol cars.
After swerving his vehicle at the last second, Brown reportedly passed the police units and turned back onto Moreland Drive. That was immediately followed by Brown reversing the course of his car once again, according to police, and driving directly at a patrol unit for a second time.
Police say Brown again swerved at the last second, then continued on Moreland and back to Jared Drive, which borders Eastman Chemical Company. After turning onto Young Road, Brown allegedly made another U-turn maneuver and accelerated, nearly striking officers head-on for a third time.
Now back on Jared Road, Brown reportedly headed towards John B. Dennis Highway. He lost control at the on ramp, exited the roadway and struck a tree. Police say they apprehended Brown as he attempted to crawl out of his car's sunroof.
According to SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart, Brown is suspected of being under the influence of synthetic drugs at the time of the incident. An inventory of his car reportedly located a variety of drug paraphernalia and a vial containing a white powdery substance.
A police report notes that as Brown was being transported to the hospital for a blood test, he offered some insights into his erratic behavior and police pursuit: "I hit the pipe the last time as I was being chased by you guys behind Eastman."
Brown is charged with driving under the influence, aggravated assault, evading arrest, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, failure to yield, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.