High-speed chase in stolen car earns Kingsport teen several charges – Kingsport Times News
Shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday MCPD Officer Chris Vaughan reportedly observed a silver Pontiac Grand Am fail to obey the Main Street red light in the northbound lane of Hammond Avenue.
Vaughan said the driver, later identified as 18-year-old Tyler Dewayne Gillenwater, then apparently noticed Vaughan’s patrol car and accelerated, passing a vehicle on a double yellow line in front of the police station.
Upon checking the tag number Vaughan learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Kingsport.
Radar indicated the vehicle was traveling 57 mph in a 30 mph zone as Vaughan pursued it north on Hammond Avenue.
Vaughan said the vehicle was “all over the roadway, failing to stay in its appropriate lane.”
Gillenwater allegedly turned onto Hurd Road, and then blew a stop sign as he turned east on Carters Valley Road.
He then attempted a left turn onto Mount Pleasant Road, but lost control and struck a church sign near the roadway.
“The vehicle then continued in the open field, and was driving parallel with Mount Pleasant Road before striking a tree, disabling the vehicle,” Vaughan said. “After a brief foot chase the driver was taken into custody.”
A passenger fled on foot as well, and remains at large, although police believe they know his identity. There was also a backseat passenger who didn’t run.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash.
Between the MCPD and THP Gillenwater, was charged with felony evading arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle, evading arrest by foot, lane violation, red light violation, speeding, improper passing, no insurance, no drivers license and failure to exercise due care.
Charges were also pending with the Kingsport Police Department.