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Update: 3 arrested after high-speed chase from Johnson City results in Greene County crash

October 18th, 2013 11:58 am by Becky Campbell

Update: 3 arrested after high-speed chase from Johnson City results in Greene County crash

Kenny Chase Laws, Slater Wilson and Rachel Backus-Greer



Three people who led a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper on a high-speed chase through two counties and avoided a spike strip in the process were arrested Thursday when the driver crashed and they were chased down on foot.


Two of the three were high on bath salts, according to court records.


Kenny Chase Laws, 29, 2090 Horse Creek Road, Chuckey, was charged with DUI, violation of the implied consent law, evading arrest, reckless endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia. Passenger Rachel Backus-Greer, 29, 669 Bolton Road, Greeneville, was charged with public intoxication and evading arrest; and Slater Wilson, 18, 2090 Horse Creek Road, Chuckey — also a passenger — was charged with evading arrest.


The pursuit started on University Parkway when Trooper Russell Holtsclaw attempted to pull over a silver Honda for violation of the seat belt law and a muffler law violation.


According to court records, the driver — later identified as Laws — appeared to be pulling over, but then sped up and turned onto Cherokee Road, where the vehicle reached 100 mph and almost hit another vehicle head-on.


The vehicle turned onto Tenn. Highway 81 South, again reaching speeds up to 100 mph, then onto Tenn. Highway 107. There, the trooper saw someone throw out a plastic bag and a glass jar. In the court record, Holtsclaw said Laws later admitted throwing out the material and that the glass jar contained bath salts.


The pursuit continued onto U.S. Highway 11E, where a Jonesborough public safety officer attempted to deploy a spike strip. That was unsuccessful and Laws continued onto Tenn. 81, then onto Tenn. Highway 351 and onto Tenn.107 again. From there, Laws turned onto Wilhoit Road, where he lost control in a curve, hit a fence and went down an embankment.


Laws, Backus-Greer and Wilson all bailed out of the car and ran. They were all apprehended shortly after the crash.


The three were arraigned on the charges in Washington County Sessions Court Friday. Their next court date is Oct. 28 at 1:30 p.m.

An earlier version of the story

Three people who led a state trooper on a high-speed chase through two counties and avoided a spike strip in the process were arrested Thursday when the driver crashed and they were chased down on foot.


Two of the three were high on bath salts, according to court records.


Kenny Chase Laws, 29, 2090 Horse Creek Rd., Chuckey, was charged with DUI, violation of implied consent, evading arrest, reckless endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia. Passenger Rachel Backus-Greer, 29, 669 Bolton Rd., Greeneville, was charged with public intoxication and evading arrest; and Slater Wilson, 18, 2090 Horse Creek Rd., Chuckey, — also a passenger — was charged with evading arrest.


The pursuit started on University Parkway when Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Russell Holtsclaw attempted to pull over a silver Honda for violation of seatbelt law and a muffler law violation.


According to court records, the driver — later identified as Laws — appeared to be pulling over, but then sped up and turned onto Cherokee Road, where the vehicle reached 100 mph and almost hit another vehicle head-on. 


The vehicle turned onto Hwy 81S, again reaching speeds up to 100 mph, then onto Hwy 107. There, the trooper saw someone throw out a plastic bag and a glass jar. In the court record, Holtsclaw said Laws later admitted throwing out the material and that the glass jar contained bath salts.

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