ELIZABETHTON — An officer who had just given a driver a citation on charges of driving without a license, improper registration and having no insurance was surprised to see the driver back behind the wheel a few minutes later. The driver was arrested after a pursuit in which police said he went 77 mph in a 35 mph zone.
Elizabethton Police Department Investigator James Sexton said the incident began while he was working traffic at West Side Elementary School Monday morning and noticed Brian Charles Dassinger Sr., 34, 657 Jena Beth Drive. Sexton said he knew Dassinger did not have a driver’s license.
Sexton stopped Dassinger at the intersection of Happy Valley Street and Williams Avenue and issued him a citation. Sexton said Dassinger parked his Ford van in a legal parking spot and he allowed Dassinger to walk to his home and get a licensed driver to drive the van back to his residence.
Sexton saw Dassinger walking toward his residence and the officer then cleared his traffic stop. After leaving the area, Sexton headed toward West G Street. As he was heading that way, he reported seeing Dassinger driving the van again and Sexton got behind it on West G.
The investigator said Dassinger began speeding, reaching 77 mph. Sexton turned on his blue lights, but he said Dassinger failed to yield.
Sexton lost sight of Dassinger and terminated his pursuit. Officer Jordan Ensor radioed that he saw a man answering the description Sexton had given. He said the man was walking through yards on West G near Rosedale Drive.
The officers found Dassinger in a field on West G, just west of Ward Street. Ensor said Dassinger told him he had taken his van to a dead end on Rosedale, where he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Sexton said he found Dassinger had damaged the driveway at the end of Rosedale when he ran the van off the incline.
Dassinger was charged with evading arrest, speeding 20 mph over the limit, vandalism, driving without a license, no proof of insurance, registration violation and seat belt violation. He is scheduled to answer the charges in Sessions Court on Tuesday.