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Reputed gang member leads Church Hill police on 100 mph motorcycle chase

Jeff Bobo • Jul 13, 2018 at 6:55 PM

CHURCH HILL — A reputed Aryan Brotherhood gang member reportedly told Church Hill police he led them on a 100 mph chase Thursday because he didn’t want to go back to prison.

Paul Brooks, 35, Kingsport, also allegedly tried to strike Church Hill Police Department Detective Ethan Mays with the motorcycle, which police suspect is stolen because the serial number was filed off.

On Thursday afternoon, Mays observed what appeared to be a newly painted, sports bike type motorcycle traveling eastbound on Highway 11-W.

The license plate appeared to be in poor condition, was dented and scratched, and was later found to be expired since 2012.

When Mays checked the registration, it came back not on file, at which time he attempted to initiate a traffic stop at the intersection of South Central Avenue and 11-W.

When Mays activated his lights, Brooks allegedly accelerated rapidly westbound on 11-W to approximately 100 mph.

“Due to his wanton disregard for the safety of other motorists, I discontinued my attempts to stop him,” Mays said. “Upon deactivating my lights and siren, I observed Mr. Brooks slow down considerably, and I was able to still see him passing vehicles while riding near the median. This forced one vehicle to abruptly change lanes and nearly strike a second car. Mr. Brooks was no longer looking back to see if I was still in the proximity, and at the intersection of Highway 11-W and Holliston Mills Road, he pulled into the median and attempted to make a U-turn.”

While Brooks was waiting for traffic, Mays pulled his patrol car up to him and reactivated his lights.

“I exited my patrol vehicle and walked towards the front of Mr. Brooks’ bike while giving him verbal commands to surrender,” Mays said. “He accelerated rapidly again, causing me to take evasive action to prevent being struck by the motorcycle.”

Brooks then fled onto Holliston Mills Road and into Robin Hood Hills Subdivision, which has no outlet.

Eventually Brooks ran out of pavement and then fled on gravel and dirt roadways until the road ended. He then struck a barbed wire fence.

Brooks then began running on foot through a field. With Mays in pursuit, Brooks dove into an area with waist-high grass and put his hands up, but when Mays approached, he quickly stood up again.

Mays then deployed his Taser and Brooks fell to the ground and was taken into custody.

“Mr. Brooks is a confirmed and documented member of the Aryan Brotherhood and stated that the reason he ran was because he did not want to go back to prison,” Mays said. “It is suspected the motorcycle, a Honda CBR 600cc, is stolen based on the VIN number being filed away in several locations, and the investigation into that matter is continuing.”

Brooks was charged with felony evading arrest, aggravated assault on an officer, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, vandalism (to the fence), evading by foot and six other traffic charges.

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