As has become the norm in recent months, the driver accused of leading police on a dangerous pursuit shortly after 1 a.m. Friday reportedly admitted to taking meth a short time prior to the incident and allegedly had meth and a syringe in his possession.
Less than six hours earlier, another man accused of being under the influence of meth crashed a stolen vehicle into two houses off Highway 11-W during a high speed pursuit with Rogerville police.
Rogersville Police Department Officer Cambren Gibson had completed a traffic stop at the intersection of 11-W and Reno Street Friday morning a approximately 1:07 a.m. when he observed an eastbound silver Jeep pass by at a high rate of speed.
The driver was later identified as Ronnie Dylen Jones, 42, who is homeless.
Gibson stated in his report that by the time he caught up to the Jeep, it was traveling 85 mph in a 55 mph zone.
When Gibson attempted a traffic stop, however, Jones allegedly accelerated, then crossed the median and began traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes.
Gibson said the Jeep passed several westbound vehicles while traveling the wrong way.
Jones then reportedly exited the highway and drove through a field, and about one-third of a mile into a wooded area the Jeep hit a tree and stopped.
Jones was arrested after the crash, and was reportedly observed by Gibson to be “anxious and sweating profusely.”
“Mr. Jones admitted to ‘doing meth’ prior to the pursuit,” Gibson stated in his report.
When asked to offer a sample of blood, however, Jones declined.
Gibson said a crystal substance believed to be meth was located in one small, black container located in Jones’ vehicle, and marijuana was located in another container, along with small baggies, a syringe, and scales.
Jones was charged with felony evading arrest, DUI, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, and violation of the implied consent law.
He was been held in the Hawkins County Jail on $50,000 bond since his arrest, and is scheduled to appear in Hawkins County Sessions Court Wednesday afternoon.