Skid marks lead police to man accused of fleeing Rogersville traffic stop at 130 mph

Jason Ray Bernard

ROGERSVILLE — A Greene County man who allegedly hit 130 mph on a motorcycle while fleeing a Rogersville Police Department traffic stop last week was located after police noticed skid marks in the road where the bike apparently turned abruptly into a driveway.

Jason Ray Bernard, 32, 1286 Gap Mountain Road, Greeneville, was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges including felony evading arrest, no driver’s license, no insurance, registration violation, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested June 5 after RPD Officer Josh Byrd reportedly observed him driving a motorcycle east on Main Street that fit the description of a bike that had previously eluded police.

The Honda CBR’s registration was also positioned in a way that it couldn’t be seen by Byrd.

Byrd followed the motorcycle as it turned from Main Street onto Burem Road, at which time Byrd observed the driver turn and notice he was being followed by a police car.

Bernard then allegedly accelerated, reaching a speed of 130 mph on Burem Road, which is a 35 mph zone.

After about two miles, Byrd lost site of the motorcycle.

Byrd believed that the motorcycle must have turned into a residential driveway, and a short time later he located skid marks in front of a residence in the 400 block of Burem Road.

Byrd found the motorcycle with a helmet and shirt on it propped up against the house.

Upon searching the property, Byrd located a shirtless Bernard hiding under a table in a shed near the location of the motorcycle.

Bernard reportedly stated he had fled because he didn’t want to receive citations for not having a license, insurance or registration.

A search allegedly revealed Bernard to be in possession of a syringe.

As of Tuesday, Bernard remained in the Hawkins County Jail on $20,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court Monday.