Parking lot police pursuit ends with crash into Hawkins Health Department wall

Jeff Bobo • Mar 14, 2019 at 6:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Sneedville man who allegedly led police on a chase through several parking lots along Park Boulevard early Monday before crashing into the Health Department building is facing multiple charges.

Around 3:15 a.m., Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jesse Williams reportedly observed a silver 2005 Honda Civic traveling on highway 11-W with no tail lights.

Williams attempted a traffic stop, but the Honda turned onto Park Park Boulevard and into the Sagebrush Restaurant parking lot.

“The silver Honda drove over the concrete curb, and drove down the embankment around the car wash, and back onto Park Boulevard,” Williams stated in his report. “The silver Honda turned into the Hawkins County Health Department parking lot and drove around the back of the building, still failing to stop for my emergency lights.”

The vehicle then reportedly went over another concrete curb into the grass and drove into the north side of the Health Department building.

The driver fled on foot, but his female passenger identified him as Lloyd Wesley Denim, 34, 265 Main St., Sneedville.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, which investigated the crash with the county building, stated in its report there was no damage to the Health Department, and there were no accident related injuries to Denim or either of his two passengers.

Rogersville Police Department Officer Cambren Gibson reportedly located Denim at the nearby Hawkins Elementary School, where he was taken into custody.

Upon being searched, Denim was found to have a baggy of marijuana in his pants pocket.

Denim was returned to the Health Department building shortly after is arrest, where he reportedly “went unresponsive” and was transported to Hawkins County Memorial Hospital.

He was later booked into the Hawkins County Jail around 10:41 a.m. on charges including felony evading arrest, evading arrest by foot, simple possession of marijuana, driving on a revoked license, no insurance, light law violation, resisting arrest and vandalism under $1,000.

Denim was arraigned Wednesday and released from the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on April 24.

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