On Tuesday morning, police arrested Codey Taylor, 19, 1011 Cherokee Road, after a police pursuit that lasted almost an hour.
At around 4 a.m., a clerk from the Roadrunner Market located at 2810 W. Walnut St. called 911 and said he or she saw a man in a black ski mask in the parking lot outside. The clerk then told the operator that the man in the mask, along with several other men, left the store in a white Lincoln Town Car.
Police said they saw a vehicle matching that description traveling east on West State of Franklin Road. When the officer turned on his emergency lights, police said, the car accelerated, turned onto Gilbreath Drive, and drove "at a high rate of speed in oncoming lanes of travel."
In the arrest report, that officer said it became apparent to him that the driver was trying to elude police.
At around 5 a.m., another officer saw the car crash into a dirt embankment near the intersection of Southwest Avenue and Cherokee Road. Police said the driver and another man fled on foot, while a third man remained inside the car. The driver, who police would identify as Taylor, was caught after about a minute-long foot chase. Police said they found the other man, identified as Patrick Henry, 28, almost two hours after the incident.
After reading Taylor his Miranda Rights, police said, Taylor told them he drank one beer. Police then conducted field sobriety tests, after which Taylor was arrested on charges of evading arrest – both by foot and by vehicle – underage driving while impaired, underage consumption, and reckless driving.
During a search of the Lincoln, police said, officers found a black ski mask and a black air soft pistol. Police said they learned Henry was the man wearing the ski mask the clerk reported seeing.
The third man, who remained inside the vehicle while the other two fled, was identified as the vehicle's owner and was released.
REPORTED EARLIER ON APRIL 1:
A police chase ended early this morning with the arrest of a 19-year-old Johnson City man on numerous charges.
Codey Taylor, 1011 Cherokee Road, was arrested about 5 a.m. after police tried stopping his vehicle amid an investigation into suspicious activity at a convenience market.
Police said Taylor tried to evade arrest, driving in an "extremely reckless manner." Police soon found his vehicle stopped and chased Taylor on foot.
Taylor was charged with evading arrest by vehicle and foot, reckless driving, underage driving while impaired and consumption of alcohol under 21. He was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $13,000 bond with a Sessions Court appearance set for Wednesday.