Pursuit ends with crash, four injured, two arrested, one cited

John Thompson • Dec 28, 2017 at 10:40 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Two men were arrested, one on unrelated charges, and four people were reported injured when a driver reportedly tried to evade a police stop on Wednesday afternoon.

Deputy David Munsey of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department said the incident began at 4:30 p.m. when he noticed a 1988 maroon Chevrolet C15 pickup truck traveling through the Little Caesar’s Pizza parking lot in the Betsytowne Shopping Center.

Munsey said he noticed the left tail light on the truck was not working properly. He followed the truck as it exited onto State Line Road and noticed the truck’s brake lights were also not working properly. Munsey said he turned on his blue lights as the truck turned onto Peter Hampton Drive.

Munsey said the truck turned northbound on U.S. Highway 19E, then turned right onto Siam Road. He said the truck passed three cars as it traveled at a high rate of speed on Siam Road. Munsey said the truck stopped when it took a turn onto Charity Hill Road and crashed into the front end of a 2001 white Chevrolet C15 pickup truck.

After the crash, Monsey said the driver of the maroon pickup truck jumped out and started running away on foot toward some woods. Deputies Roger Brown and Josh Riddle chased after him.

They soon caught him, and Brown said he was identified as Timothy Doyle Pippin, 45, 1271 Bluefield Ave.

He said he was found to have several outstanding arrest warrants out of Criminal, Chancery and Juvenile courts, charging him on a contempt of Juvenile Court charge and charges of failure to appear on charges of hit and run of a person, driving under the influence, driving on revoked license and an implied consent violation.

Munsey said a records check indicated Pippin’s driver’s license was revoked out of Washington County in February 2015. Munsey charged Pippin with reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, felony evading arrest by motor vehicle and driving on a revoked license, second offense.

Pippin was transported by deputies to Sycamore Shoals Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries in the collision and then taken to the Carter County Jail.

According to the accident report, Pippin left behind a passenger when he ran from the wrecked truck. The passenger was an 18-year-old woman who was injured. She was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital by ambulance.

The crash was investigated by Deputy Paul Morrell. He reported that the driver of the white pickup truck was Sandra J. Lewis, 48. A passenger in her truck was Gregory D. Miller, 49.

Morrell cited Lewis with not having a driver’s license and no proof of insurance. She was transported to Sycamore Shoals by ambulance. Miller was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Juvenile Court.

Law enforcement officers transported him to Sycamore Shoals Hospital, where he was treated, then he was taken to the Carter County Jail.

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