Jonesborough man accused of using motorcycle to force driver off road in Gray

Becky Campbell • Nov 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

A Jonesborough man was arrested Sunday after a woman reported she was forced off the road by a motorcyclist, court records in Washington County Sessions Court said.

Dakota M. Sparks, 19, 1206 Gray Station Road, was charged with reckless endangerment with the use of a deadly weapon after the incident on Gray Station Road near Sulphur Springs Road.

Court documents said Ashley Cloyd and a passenger, Glenda Honeycutt, were traveling on Highway 75 when they saw a motorcycle following very close and weaving back and forth in the lane. Witnesses said the motorcycle rider was wearing a black jacket and black and gray helmet.

The women told county officers the motorcycle made an attempt to pass on the passenger’s side, then came up beside the vehicle on the driver’s side. The rider tried to get Cloyd’s attention, but she became distracted and ran off the right side of the road.

She told officers the motorcycle rider shook his head and put up his middle finger before driving off.

As the report was being taken, officers received a report of a similar motorcycle on Gray Station Road but were unable to catch up to him. About 30 minutes later, a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper observed the motorcycle traveling on Interstate 26 at a high rate of speed. Johnson City police stopped the motorcycle on State of Franklin Road near Greenwood Drive and he was arrested by county deputies.

Sparks was arraigned on the charge Monday afternoon and will have a preliminary hearing later this month.

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