Church Hill man allegedly beat girlfriend, stole her van after she smashed his meth pipe

Jeff Bobo • Sep 5, 2018 at 3:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Church Hill man who allegedly beat his girlfriend and stole her van after she confronted him for smoking meth was arrested while hiding in a Hawkins County residence Tuesday afternoon after eluding police during a high speed chase.

Shane Thomas Corker, 26, was charged with felony evading arrest, theft over $1,000, domestic violence, reckless driving and speeding 65 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Shortly before 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Church Hill Police Department Officer Dustin Dean responded to an assault complaint at Corker’s girlfriend’s home on Silver Lake Road, where the woman stated she had caught him smoking meth in the bathroom.

She said that an argument ensued, during which she smashed his meth pipe.

Corker then allegedly grabbed her and pushed her into the bedroom.

“(The girlfriend) stated she was struck and pushed several times by Corker before he fled the residence,” Dean wrote in his report. “(She) stated as Corker left the residence he stole her Galaxy III cell phone and her 2008 Chevrolet Uplander van. I observed several marks and scratches on (the woman’s) arms and neck which was consistent with the story.”

About 10 minutes later, Dean spotted the van at the intersection of Silver Lake Road and Ordnance Drive, at which time he activated his blue lights and pulled in front of the vehicle.

“As I began to exit, the suspect vehicle accelerated toward me and narrowly avoided striking my vehicle,” Dean said. “The suspect vehicle fled at a high rate of speed on Silver Lake. I turned and attempted to catch the vehicle as it slid onto Wilson Street and accelerated away again. I clocked the vehicle by radar at 65 mph in a 30 mph zone as it traveled through the subdivision.”

Dean added, “Several CHPD and HCSO officers attempted to stop the van, but due to the safety of the public and the erratic driving of Corker, the pursuit was terminated.”

According to police radio traffic, the van was found abandoned on Big Elm Road. Corker was arrested Tuesday afternoon at a residence on Ramey Town Road not far from Big Elm Road in an unincorporated part of Hawkins County north of Allandale.

Corker was being held in the Hawkins County Jail Tuesday evening with no bond set pending arraignment Wednesday morning.

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