Johnson County police chase vehicle 41 miles, through 3 counties

Johnson City Press • Mar 8, 2019 at 6:10 PM

Johnson County authorities chased a vehicle for 41 miles across three counties Friday before the pursuit ended in an arrest and multiple charges.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Bradley Sexton said he tried to pull a silver Ford Escape over on U.S. Highway 421 because its license plate registration was out of date, but the driver sped up and refused to stop.

The chase wound down into Watauga County, North Carolina, before Sexton said the driver turned west on U.S. Highway 321, re-entered Johnson County in Tennessee and continued into Carter County.

Carter County officers tried to stop the vehicle at the intersection of 321 and state Route 67, but the driver avoided them and turned onto 67, crossing the Butler bridge. The vehicle finally stopped at the Bayview Campground in Butler, but Sexton said the driver would not follow officers’ commands to get on the ground and put her hands behind her back.

After she was subdued and in custody, Sexton said police identified her as Misty Arnold, whose driver’s license was suspended by Johnson County General Sessions Court for failure to show proof of insurance. When searching the vehicle, officers reported finding a glass pipe in the passenger floorboard.

Arnold was charged with resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest or search; possession of drug paraphernalia; reckless driving; violation of the registration law; driving left of center; felony evading arrest by motor vehicle; and failure to obey a traffic control device.

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