Woman's first date ends with 130 mph motorcycle chase, broken leg

Jeff Bobo • Apr 9, 2019 at 2:38 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Greene County woman was on her first date with Garet McKinley Myers Friday evening when he allegedly fled a traffic stop in Rogersville and led police on a 130 mph motorcycle chase, during which she fell off and broke her leg.

During the pursuit, Rogersville Police Department Officer Josh Byrd reportedly observed the 23-year-old Mosheim woman beating Myers’ back with her fists in an attempt to get him to stop.

Upon being arrested, Myers, 19, 329 Boyd St., Rogersville, allegedly stated he made a “dumb mistake” by fleeing.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, Byrd reportedly observed Myers with a female passenger on a blue 2019 Yamaha YZF-R6 run two stop signs on Hasson Street before exiting onto Highway 11-W.

Byrd then paced the motorcycle at 81 mph in a 55 mph zone westbound on 11-W before attempting a traffic stop.

As the officer activated his blue lights, however, Myers allegedly accelerated to more than 130 mph.

About three miles outside of Rogersville, Myers reportedly turned onto Old Highway 11-W, accelerated again to more than 100 mph, then abruptly slowed to about 10 mph as if he were going to stop.

But when Myers noticed Byrd’s patrol car had pulled up beside him, he allegedly accelerated again.

“I observed the passenger to be striking the driver in the back in what was believed to be an attempt to get the driver to stop,” Byrd said. “The vehicle continued west on Old Highway 11-W with speeds reaching 100 mph. As the vehicle approached the (11-W) intersection, it was traveling too quickly to make a controlled entrance.”

Byrd said the motorcycle exited the roadway into a field while still traveling toward 11-W, then struck a metal sign as it went airborne while entering the highway.

While the bike was airborne, the passenger fell off and landed in the eastbound lanes of 11-W.

RPD Chief Doug Nelson said she suffered what was believed to be a broken leg and other scrapes and bruises, but her injuries weren’t life-threatening.

Myers was able to keep control of the motorcycle and stopped in the westbound lanes of 11-W.

Byrd said he quickly placed Myers under arrest and in the backseat of his patrol car so he could assist the female lying in the roadway.

She reportedly stated that she had just met Myers that evening, that they were on their first date and that during the pursuit, she was hitting him in the back to get him to stop.

Myers reportedly stated he had borrowed the bike from a friend who had just purchased it new the day before.

He was charged with aggravated assault, felony evading arrest, two stop sign violations, speeding, no driver’s license and no insurance.

Myers was arraigned Monday in Sessions Court and released from the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond, with his next court date set for June 3.

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