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Carter man bound to grand jury after high speed pursuit leads to crash with Johnson City work vehicle

John Thompson • Updated Oct 22, 2018 at 8:07 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A Carter County man who crashed into a Johnson City work vehicle after being chased from Carter County on Tenn. Highway 400 at speeds of 100 mph was bound over to a Carter County grand jury on Monday.

Ricky Dean Ward, 32, 205 Lacy Hollow Road, had his first appearance in Carter County Sessions Court on Monday on the Carter County charges from the pursuit. Those include 13 counts of reckless endangerment, one count of felony evading arrest and one count of resisting arrest.

Judge Keith Bowers Jr. bound Ward over to a grand jury on those charges and reduced his bond to $12,000. He is scheduled to report to Criminal Court on Jan. 29.

The incident began on Friday, Oct. 12, when Carter County Deputy Robert Scott said a red Toyota sedan passed him and almost sideswiped him on Reynolds Road. Scott said he turned on the speeding car and it began to accelerate.

Scott said the vehicle then ran a stop sign and almost hit a vehicle on Tenn. 400. At that point, Scott turned on his emergency lights and siren. Scott said the Toyota continued to improperly pass vehicles, crossing the double yellow center line, and approached 100 mph.

Scott said the vehicle continued passing cars once it reached Johnson City. Carter County Sheriff’s Sgt. David Caldwell successfully deployed a stop stick on Duke Street in Johnson City, but the Toyota continued on. The Toyota then collided with the Johnson City work truck at the intersection of East Unaka and East Oakland avenues.

Scott said Ward attempted to get away on foot, but after a short foot pursuit, the deputy used his pepper spray on Ward. He said Ward continued to resist, but he finally brought him under control

The deputy said Ward had other outstanding warrants against him, including three in Carter County Criminal Court. Some of the outstanding charges were disposed of in Sessions Court on Monday.

One was a violation of probation for driving under the influence and a driving on revoked license charge. Bowers ordered him to serve 109 days on the violation. He was fined $25 and court costs for driving on revoked license charge and ordered to serve a year’s probation.

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