ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office was involved in two vehicle pursuits at the same time Monday evening in different parts of the county, both of which ended in a wreck and the driver facing a felony charge.
Around 6 p.m., Sgt. Stacy Vaughan reportedly observed a black Harley Davidson motorcycle traveling west on Stanley Valley Road at 60 mph in a 40 mph zone.
Vaughan stated in his report that when he attempted to initiated a traffic stop, the driver, later identified as Matthew Lee Thacker, accelerated and turned onto Bray Road and then turned east onto George Allen Road.
“As the motorcycle reached the intersection of George Allen Road and Stanley Valley Road, the rider attempted to go east on Stanley Valley Road, but was unable to negotiate the curve,” Vaughan said. “The motorcycle then drove through a yard at the same intersection and the motorcycle fell over on its side. I was able to place the push-bumper of my patrol car against the motorcycle to prevent the rider from picking the motorcycle up from the ground.”
Thacker, 38, 1685 Caney Valley Road, Surgoinsville, then allegedly fled on foot and was apprehended following a brief foot pursuit. He was charged with felony evading arrest, driving on a revoked license third offense, speeding, no insurance and registration violation.
Meanwhile at around 6:02 p.m. on Route 70-S near the Greene County line, Deputy Daniel DesOrmeaux reportedly observed a black 1996 Ford Ranger cross the center line into oncoming traffic multiple times while traveling 25 mph.
When DesOrmeaux attempted a traffic stop, the driver, Jonathan Douglas Bradley, continued traveling south on Route 70-S. After crossing into Greene County, the pickup turned onto Horton Highway, where it struck a guardrail and DesOrmeaux's patrol car near Rabbit Gap Road.
DesOrmeaux reportedly observed that Bradley, 39, 751 Speedwell Lane, Bulls Gap, was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech, and smelled of alcohol.
Bradley was charged with felony evading arrest, DUI, driving on a revoked license seventh offense, and driving left of center.