Hawkins Harley rider's high-speed chase ends in muddy wipeout

Jeff Bobo • Jan 8, 2019 at 6:00 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man who allegedly fled a traffic stop on a Harley Davidson motorcycle Saturday evening was charged with felony evading arrest and other charges after the bike crashed into a patrol car on the muddy lane of a mobile home park.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stacy Vaughan observed a 2004 Harley Davidson Sportster driven by Danny Ray Hunley Jr. traveling 78 mph in a 55 mph zone westbound on Highway 11-W in Church Hill.

When Vaughan attempted to conduct a traffic stop, Hunley allegedly fled north on Elm Springs Road and was pursued by Vaughan with his blue lights and siren activated.

Hunley, 47, 418 Elm St., Lot 23, Church Hill, allegedly ran through the stop sign at Lyons Avenue and turned into the mobile home park at 418 Elm Springs Road.

"At the rear of the trailer park, the motorcycle and my patrol car slid in mud, and the two vehicles made contact," Vaughan said. "This caused the motorcycle to lay on its side, and the driver stopped."

Following the collision, Hunley was taken into custody.

A computer check revealed that Hunley's license was revoked in February 2011 for failure to maintain insurance, and he was also arrested for driving on a revoked license in August 2011.

Upon being arrested Saturday evening, Hunley was charged with felony evading arrest, speeding 78 in a 55 zone, driving on revoked second offense, registration violation, no insurance and stop sign violation.

He was arraigned Monday in Sessions Court and his bond was set at $3,000.

Hunley's next court date is Feb. 20.

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