Crime roundup: Woman crashes into Johnson City house during police chase

Johnson City Press • Updated Dec 3, 2019 at 6:55 PM

Recent reports from the Johnson City Police Department include:

House crasher: A woman crashed into an occupied house Monday as she fled from police, Johnson City police said.

Tameka L. Hamilton, 31, Johnson City, was charged with two counts of felony reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest and fifth offense driving on a revoked license. Police said the chase began about 11:30 a.m. as they investigated a burglary in progress at 1212 E. Lakeview Drive. Hamilton fled the scene in her 2001 Honda Accord and passed a responding cruiser.

In a court record, officer Jeff Stork said he tried to stop the car, but the driver refused to stop. Hamilton reached speeds in excess of 60 mph and ran the red light at East Fairview and Broadway, nearly striking an SUV. Officer Mark Williams then saw the Accord going in reverse with a flat rear tire.

Police followed the car, still in reverse, down East Fairview, onto Lakeview and then to Cash Hollow Road. Hamilton lost control and wrecked into the house at 359 Cash Hollow. Inside the house were two people, one of whom was struck by flying glass as the car entered the bathroom.

Hamilton was checked for injuries at Johnson City Medical Center and then jailed in the Washington County Detention Center under $5,000 bond awaiting arraignment set for Tuesday.

Hamilton has a long history of arrests in Washington County, including DUI, evading arrest, resisting stop/arrest, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia on Oct. 18; identity theft, resisting/stop arrest, theft under $1,000, shoplifting and fourth offense driving on a suspended license on Nov. 8, 2018; theft under $1,000, criminal trespassing, possession of tools to interfere with an antitheft device, second offense driving on a suspended license, speeding and failure to maintain due care on May 7, 2018; two counts of theft under $1,000, shoplifting, violation of probation and failure to appear on Aug. 25, 2017; and failure to appear on Dec. 7, 2016.

Jail meth: A Greeneville man accused of stealing from a Johnson City Walmart took methamphetamine into the Washington County Detention Center as he was booked on Tuesday, police said in a news release.

Taray L. Rollins, 28, was charged with identity theft, theft of property, trespassing and introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

About 12:30 a.m., police were at the West Market Street Walmart on an unrelated call when they were told a man in the self-checkout line was purchasing items fraudulently. The man was stopped and detained as he tried to leave the store.

He reportedly gave police a false identity, but they quickly learned his real identity. Rollins had also been banned from Walmart. As he was booked into the Detention Center, jailers found  a small baggie of methamphetamine concealed on Rollins.

He was held on $13,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for later Tuesday.