Shaun C. Hite, 28
The stakes of a police pursuit were raised even higher on Monday in Kingsport, as a motorcyclist reportedly fled officers while sandwiched between two young children on the bike — including a 5-year-old who was not wearing a helmet.
Though the dangerous riding conditions initially prompted the attempted traffic stop, the suspect was later found to be driving on a revoked license and wanted for violation of parole. Officers called off their pursuit due to his reckless actions, alleged to include riding into oncoming lanes of traffic with the children as passengers, but he was soon located at a nearby residence.
Shaun C. Hite, 28, of 130 E. Carters Valley Road, faces multiple felony charges in the incident. According to Kingsport Police Department Public Information Officer Tom Patton, it began shortly before noon on Holston Valley Drive.
A patrol officer spotted Hite riding a 2007 Yamaha with one child, later identified as a 5-year-old, in front of him on the seat and without a helmet. Meanwhile, a 9-year-old who was equipped with a helmet was seated behind him.
The officer attempted a traffic stop, but Hite allegedly accelerated away at a high rate of speed. The motorcycle headed east on Ravine Road, then turned right onto Cassel Drive — passing another eastbound vehicle on the double yellow line.
Police report the officer who had tried to make the traffic stop immediately called off the pursuit but attempted to keep visual contact with Hite, who was still speeding. Other officers were alerted to his direction of travel via radio: north on Gibson Mill Road, then left — and once again into oncoming traffic — through the one-way Gibson Mill roundabout.
Hite exited the roundabout by heading west on West Ravine, according to Patton. He then worked his way back to Gibson Mill Road, followed by a turn onto Robertson Street where he stopped at a residence. Hite was then taken into custody by another officer in the area.
The children's mother was called to the scene, and they were released into her care.
Hite was arrested and charged with two counts of felony reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest, and driving on a revoked license.
Patton says a subsequent check of Hite's record also revealed an active warrant due to him absconding from court-ordered community corrections at the John R. Hay House in Kingsport.
During arraignment in a Kingsport court on Tuesday morning, Hite was ordered to be held without bond.