Man bound to grand jury after vehicle pursuit

John Thompson • Jul 27, 2018 at 9:38 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A man who was charged with being involved in a pursuit Wednesday has been bound over to a Carter County grand jury.

Nathaniel Mack Fields, 22, 212 Cash Hollow Road, appeared in Sessions Court on Friday on charges of evading arrest while operating a motor vehicle; a schedule III drug violation; and manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of methamphetamine. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. ordered the case bound over and ordered Fields to report to Criminal Court on Sept. 19.

The charges stem from an incident that began at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday. Deputy Thomas Hill reported that he saw a maroon Honda traveling on the Watauga Highway that matched the description of a vehicle stolen out of Washington County.

Hill said the vehicle turned onto Smalling Road as he approached. He said 911 confirmed that the vehicle was the stolen vehicle out of Washington County.

Hill said he displayed his emergency lights and the vehicle pulled into a residence as he turned into a private residence. He said the vehicle sped up behind the residence, returned to Smalling Road and headed back to the Watauga Highway.

Hill said the vehicle turned east onto the Watauga Highway and approached speeds of 75 mph in a 45 mph zone. The vehicle then drove into a ditch and Hill said at the driver got out and ran approximately five feet before the deputy caught him as he tried to crawl under a fence.

Hill placed the suspect under arrest and handcuffed him. He said the man attempted to swallow something, got sick and vomited on the hood of the cruiser. Deputies reported finding Suboxone, methamphetamine, and a digital scale during the arrest.

Hill said he found a card in the vehicle with the name Nathan Fields on it. He asked the man if that was him. He said Fields responded by saying “How do you know my name?”

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