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Police pursuit comes to surprising ending

John Thompson • Updated Apr 1, 2019 at 9:51 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A Tennessee State Trooper reported that a pursuit of a speeding car came to a spectacular end because of a blazing mattress.

Trooper Brad Proffitt said the incident began around 8:25 a.m. Monday as he was patrolling on the Stoney Creek Highway. Proffitt said he noticed a black Honda CRX approaching him at 59 mph in a 40 mph. zone.

Proffitt began following the car. He said the vehicle took a right on George Bowers Road. Proffitt followed and turned on his emergency blue lights. He said the vehicle continued, turning onto Nelson Road and Little Stoney Creek Road. The vehicle made a right back onto the Stoney Creek Highway and then turned left onto the Blue Springs Highway.

While this pursuit was going on, Proffitt said an SUV towing a trailer that was coming up Blue Springs Road from the opposite direction was heading toward the Stoney Creek Highway. Proffitt reported that a mattress had been loaded on the trailer, but it had been touching the trailer’s tire. The friction had caused the mattress to catch fire.

The driver of the SUV got out to put out the fire, but the trailer was quickly engulfed in flames. In his haste, the driver left his car door standing open.

It was at that moment when Trooper Proffitt and the vehicle he was pursuing approached the scene. The Honda ran into the SUV’s open door and also made contact with the SUV owner’s leg. The impact sent the Honda out of control, causing it to roll over on its top. Proffitt said the driver exited through his hatch and attempted to flee but was soon apprehended.

Proffitt identified the driver as Kelly W. Greene, 34, 157 Chambers Hollow Road.

Greene was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital and subsequently transported to the Johnson City Medical Center.

Proffitt placed charges of felony reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest and driving on a suspended license, second offense. Greene is scheduled to answer the charges in Sessions Court on May 21.

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