Hawkins Police Blotter: Flat tire ends high-speed chase in Church Hill

Jeff Bobo • Apr 23, 2020 at 5:00 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man who allegedly fled a Church Hill Police Department traffic stop early Friday morning with a flat tire eventually bailed out of the heavily smoking vehicle and was captured following a brief foot chase.

Around 3 a.m., CHPD Officer Ethan Mays attempted a traffic stop on a Volkswagen Jetta that he knew to have crossed tags.

At the Kenjo Market on Silver Lake Road, Mays reportedly observed the Jetta driven by Seth Geter Paul Lundy. Mays stated in his report that he followed the vehicle through Church Hill to Lloyds Chapel Road before initiating a traffic stop, so that other officers would have time to get close to his location in case the driver fled.

What Mays didn’t realize until later was that Lundy had struck a curb while driving through the Church Hill Shopping Center parking lot, which caused a tire to go flat.

“I initiated my emergency lights as the vehicle was turning left onto Cold Comfort Road,” Mays said. “As the vehicle turned right from Cold Comfort Road onto Montgomery Avenue, I observed heavy smoke coming from the vehicle, and all the vehicle’s lights went out.”

Mays said the Jetta then turned onto Old Stage Road, where Lundy bailed out and was captured by him, as well as officers from Mount Carmel and the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office.

 Lundy, 29, 124 Gentry Hollow Road, Church Hill, was charged with felony evading arrest, evading arrest by foot, driving on a revoked license, no insurance, stop sign violation, and registration violation.

Lundy’s passenger, Jeremy Ray Begley, 30, 105 Montgomery Ave., Church Hill, was charged with simple possession of marijuana, possession of meth, possession of Schedule II narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nude photos posted by ex-boyfriend

On April 15, HCSO Deputy Billy Begley received a complaint from a 22-year-old Kingsport woman that her ex-boyfriend had posted three nude photos and a video of her on SnapChat, Facebook, and in her email.

The woman stated that the 26-year-old man had all of her login information for those sites and has told her that he still has the photos and video on his phone and will post them again.

She also stated that she has an order of protection against the ex-boyfriend, who has been trying to contact her by phone.

Trespasser cursed woman and kicked her dog

On April 10, a 55-year-old Rogersville woman told Rogersville Police Department Officer Mark Cook that she was outside her residence on Jackson Street that evening with her dog when a woman came into her yard, cursed her, and kicked her dog twice.

The victim stated that her dog was bleeding from the facial area as a result of the attack. A neighbor reportedly witnessed the suspect carrying the victim’s dog in his backyard and stated that the suspect had been walking up and down the road cursing at people and harassing the neighbors.

The victim and the witness also stated that this has been an ongoing problem for several years. Cook advised the victim to take out a private prosecution warrant against the suspect for criminal trespassing and animal cruelty.

Marijuana bust behind Mooresburg church

Mackenzie Brooke Locke, 19, 255 Horseshoe Bend Road, Rogersville, was arrested on April 19 and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia after HCSO Sgt. Kenneth Ferguson reportedly found her parked behind the Lakeview Church in Mooresburg around 1:45 a.m.

Ferguson stated in his report that Locke was in the driver’s seat of a Dodge Avenger which had a strong odor of burnt marijuana. Locke reportedly surrendered a small baggy of marijuana to Ferguson and gave him consent to search her vehicle.

As a result of the search, Ferguson allegedly located two plastic freezer bags containing a total of 50 grams of marijuana as well as a set of scales.

Meth intoxication attributed to false ATV wreck report

Mikaela Ann Trent-Pruitt, 38, Sneedville, was arrested on April 17 and charged with public intoxication after she reportedly walked out of the woods into the yard of a residence on Marlowe Road that evening and claimed she was in a four-wheeler accident with her husband two days earlier.

HCSO Deputy Ed Rodriguez responded, along with Hawkins County EMS personnel, who examined Pruitt and determined that she wasn’t injured but was under the influence of narcotics. Hancock County authorities were contacted and stated they had numerous encounters with her due to meth use. 

Hancock County authorities also went to her home and spoke to family members, who stated she wasn’t in an accident and hasn’t been with her husband for several years. Pruitt reportedly stated that she couldn’t remember if she had taken drugs, but admitted that her drug of choice was meth.









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