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Former DA Crumley charged in Sept. pursuit by Jonesborough police

October 1st, 2011 8:28 pm by Rex Barber

Former District Attorney General Joe Crumley turned himself in Friday night on charges stemming from a September pursuit by Jonesborough Public Safety.
According to booking information from the Washington County Detention Center, Crumley, 58 215 Scott Lane, Jonesborough, arrived at the jail Friday with a bondsman and was booked on charges of reckless driving, evading arrest, reckless endangerment and failure to yield.
His bond was $12,500. He bonded out of the jail that night.
Crumley, who was district attorney general from 1998-2006, was stopped by Jonesborough officers just after noon on Sept. 21 after nearly striking a patrol vehicle head on in the 100 block of East Main Street, according to JPS.
Crumley was pursued to Tenn. Highway 81 South, where he was stopped after reportedly running several vehicles off the road. Once stopped, Crumley's vehicle lurched forward, striking a JPS vehicle involved in the pursuit. No one was reportedly hurt in that crash.
About an hour after the incident, Crumley was taken to Johnson City Medical Center, because he was in medical duress, according to JPS.
The investigation by JPS into the pursuit was on hold until Crumley was no longer in the hospital.
Shortly after the Sept. 21 incident, JPS Chief Matt Hawkins announced criminal charges were pending in the case.
The Johnson City Press requested the written report and also police in-car video of the pursuit and crash. The Town of Jonesborough formally denied that request Friday, because those items pertained to an ongoing investigation.
A hearing for Crumley was scheduled for Oct. 4 in Sessions Court.

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