Johnson City women charged in car battle incident

Becky Campbell • Oct 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

An early-morning car battle between the drivers of two vehicles ended up with both in jail, according to court records filed Thursday.

One driver, Donna G. Bosze, 53, 381 Possum Hollow Rd., Apt. 7, Gray, was charged with kidnapping, driving on a revoked license, evading arrest and five counts of reckless endangerment.

The other driver, Tonya S. Hartley, 22, 1513 E. Myrtle Ave., Johnson City, was charged with five counts of reckless endangerment.

The pursuit of Bosze’s and Hartley’s vehicles started around 3:15 a.m. when Officers Robert McCurry and David Hilton were conducting a special patrol detail and saw the two cars, a Ford Escort and Chevrolet Impala, pull from East Myrtle onto North Broadway “at a high rate of speed and extremely close to one another.”

Officers would later determine Bosze was driving the Ford Escort and Hartley was driving the Chevrolet Impala.

“As we followed at a safe distance we seen the vehicles attempting to strike each other,” McCurry wrote in a court affidavit. He stated the cars circled several blocks in the area and that he called for additional officers to assist in getting the cars stopped.

As the officers followed the cars from East Watauga onto Bernie Street, both cars were put into reverse “and backed straight towards, forcing me to swerve, come to a stop and back away.”

As the pursuit continued, McCurry noted that both drivers ran several red lights and stop signs “with no regard for the safety of others.” At one point officers saw an object thrown from the Impala that hit the Escort.

By this point the pursuit was nearing the Bristol Highway and the Escort, driven by Bosze, cut through a parking lot and continued to flee while officers stopped the Impala, driven by Hartley.

Other officers continued the pursuit of the Escort, and at one point Bosze pulled over to the side of the road. But when officers started to approach the vehicle, the driver sped off.

That’s when Sgt. Andy Hodges, who had joined in the pursuit, noticed a woman in the back seat “yelling and in appearance, being held against her will,” McCurry wrote.

As the Escort sped away, the driver traveled down several streets before reaching the end of Richland Heights Road. There, Bosze turned around in a yard and drove toward an officer who was on foot and “made no effort to avoid the officer,” McCurry wrote.

McCurry used his cruiser to push the car to the side and the car stopped. Bosze was arrested. The passenger told police “she begged to be let out of the vehicle but the driver refused.”

The court documents gave no indication of what relationship, if any, the three women had with each other.

Police said Bosze’s license had previously been revoked on a DUI second offense conviction. This was her sixth time being charged with driving on a revoked license.

Hartley was being held on a $50,000 bond and Bosze was being held on a $66,000 bond. Both will be arraigned in Washington County General Sessions Court Friday.

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