Driver allegedly admits to using meth prior to police chase, rollover crash

Jeff Bobo • Oct 24, 2019 at 7:30 PM

MOORESBURG — A high speed chase that began in Mooresburg on Sunday afternoon during an attempted traffic stop for speeding ended in Grainger County when the driver reportedly crashed into a ditch and rolled the vehicle onto its roof.

Following his arrest the driver, Travis Lynn Coffey, 34, 144 Copper Lane, Thorn Hill, allegedly admitted to using meth about 45 minutes prior to the crash.

Coffey and his female passenger were hospitalized with minor injuries.

Around 3:31 p.m. on Sunday HCSO Deputy Billy Begley and Hunter Lamon were traveling in separate patrol cars east on Highway 11-W in the Mooresburg community when they reportedly observed a Ford Escort traveling 70 mph in a 50 mph zone.

Begley stated in his report that they followed the Escort onto Isenburg Lane with lights activated, but the Escort didn't stop.

They activated sirens at Moreland Drive, at which time the driver used his signal and turned onto Ruritan Drive, and then made a hard right onto Moores Chapel Road where he continued into Grainger County.

Begley said the Escort then turned onto Meadow Branch Road where it sped to the Carpenter Road intersection, struck a ditch, and rolled onto its roof.

Hawkins County EMS responded to the crash and transported Coffey and his 22-year-old female passenger to the Hawkins County Memorial Hospital emergency room, where they complained of head and leg pain.

It was at the emergency room where Coffey allegedly admitted to Lamon he'd used meth about 45 minutes prior to the crash.

Coffey submitted to a blood draw and was booked into the Hawkins County Jail on charged of felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment, DUI second offense, driving on a revoked license fifth offense and speeding.

He was arraigned on Monday in Hawkins County Sessions court where he was ordered held on a $30,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 30.

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