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Hawkins Police Blotter: Suspects fleeing in stolen car escape after crash

Jeff Bobo • Apr 6, 2020 at 9:30 PM

MOUNT CARMEL — Two suspects escaped on foot in the early morning hours of March 26 after leading the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle in Mount Carmel, and then crashing in the woods.

Around 2:40 a.m. that morning, Cpl. Anthony Crosby reportedly observed a silver 2004 Toyota Prius traveling 61 mph in a 30 mph zone on Main Street in Mount Carmel.

The vehicle suddenly braked and turned north onto Inca Avenue. A few minutes later Crosby, who was initially on Highway 11-W, spotted the Prius in a residential area but was unable to get turned around in time to intercept the vehicle.

A few minutes later Crosby reportedly observed the Prius traveling at a high rate of speed on Man Street with its lights off. When Crosby initiated traffic stop the driver refused to stop and accelerated.

The driver then reportedly turned north onto Kaywood Avenue and continued at a high rate of speed to the dead end. Crosby stated in his report that the driver drove recklessly into a wooded area and the car became lodged against a big rock.

The two occupants then fled on foot and couldn’t be apprehended. A computer check on the Prius revealed that it had been stolen the previous day in Hawkins County.

Brianna Drive burglary suspect nabbed in Kingsport

Last week the Times News reported a March 23 burglary at a residence on Brianna Drive in which the homeowner identified two suspects he’d interrupted during a burglary and theft at his home.

One of those alleged suspects, Cody Lee Compton, 29, 201 Light Hollow Road, Rogersville, was transferred to the HCSO on March 26 by Kingsport police on charges of aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000 and vandalism related to the Brianna Drive break-in. On March 23 around 12:19 p.m. the homeowner identified two suspects by name who’d just broken into his home and had fled prior to the HCSO’s arrival.

The victim stated he was notified of motion in his home by surveillance videos, and upon returning home met the two males running out his back door. One of the males was carrying a .22 caliber rifle stolen from the residence. The victim took it away from him, but the thieves reportedly got away with a large number of power tools. The getaway vehicle was later recovered along with a third suspect.

Driver allegedly admitted to drinking beer, smoking ‘blunts’

Krista Ann Posey, 23, 356 W. Main Blvd., Church Hill, was arrested on March 26 and charged with felony evading arrest, simple possession of marijuana and DUI after Church Hill Police Department Officer Logan Tate reportedly observed her drive by on Old Union Road at 9:20 p.m. and turn off all her vehicle lights.

When Tate attempted a traffic stop, Posey allegedly continued north on Old Union Road with it’s lights off, running off the right side of the road twice. The vehicle then turned onto Old Village Court and stopped at a residence there.

Tate stated in his report that Posey smelled of alcohol, and allegedly admitted she drank three beers and “smoked two marijuana blunts about an hour ago.” Tate said Posey performed poorly on field sobriety tests. A small amount of marijuana was allegedly found in the vehicle.

EBT card found in stolen vehicle leads to suspect

Joshua Junior Arnold, 30, 216 Ramey Road, Church Hill, was arrested on March 29 and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle after he was linked to an abandoned stolen 2007 Mazda by his girlfriend’s landlord’s “EBT”card which was located in the car.

Shortly after 5 a.m. Deputy Adam Bledsoe located the Mazda abandoned off the roadway at the intersection of Old Stage Road and Burem Road. A computer check revealed that the Mazda had been reported stolen out of Kingsport on Jan. 27. The owner of the EBT card pointed the HCSO to Arnold, who had been seen in the vehicle at his girlfriend’s residence.

Arnold’s girlfriend allegedly told the HCSO that Arnold wasn’t there, but he was located hiding inside the wall of a bedroom. Arnold reportedly stated he’d purchased the vehicle, and produced a title dated Jan. 29, two days after it was reported stolen.

Four ounces of pot found in lock box

Ron Wells Jr., 20, 801 W. Broadway St., Rogersville, was arrested on April 1 and charged with possession of marijuana, intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop of a bright light violation on Highway 11-W at Cedar Crest Circle. Wells was a passenger in the back seat.

A marijuana pipe was allegedly found in the center console. Deputy Dustin Winter allegedly searched the trunk and located a lock box which Wells admitted was his. Upon opening the box Winter allegedly located 4.39 ounces of marijuana, as well as a dog breeding certificate and a W2 tax form belonging to Wells.

Wells allegedly admitted that the marijuana was valued at $800.

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