Officer Cody Mullins of the Elizabethton Police Department said he observed a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee enter a parking lot at 1500 Arney Street at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday. Mullins said he later identified the driver of the Jeep as Jordan Robert Reece, 22, 2484 Siam Road, Apt. 10. Mullins said the Jeep pulled into the parking lot at a high rate of speed, then made several erratic turns and exited the lot at a high rate of speed.
Mullins said he initiated a traffic stop on Arney Street, but the Jeep accelerated and continued at a high rate of speed eastbound on Arney. Due to the risks of a high-speed chase, Mullins ended his pursuit and turned off his emergency lights and slowed down to a posted speed limit. He said the Jeep was already out of sight as he continued to drive the speed limit down Arney Street.
While passing Grove Street, Mullins said several people signaled for his attention. When he stopped he noticed the Jeep had crashed into a residence at 1110 Arney St. Witnesses said the driver had run behind the house.
More officers arrived on the scene and a search was conducted. Mullins said a man matching the description that witnesses gave was found on Park Avenue. Mullins said the man was bleeding from the head. Mullins said he was found in possession of a pill fob that contained pills of clonapezam and Suboxone.
Mullins said the man who lived at the Arney Street house involved in the crash told him he was inside the house at the time. He said his whole house shook and he believed it was an earthquake. Officers noticed extensive structural damage to the house.
Mullins said Reece made threats to the officers about what he would do when he got out of jail. Mullins said Reece was also to unruly to be transported to the hospital by ambulance, so he was taken by police.
Reece was charged with reckless driving, evading arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, second offense of DUI, driving on a revoked license, no proof of insurance, implied consent violation, possession of schedule III and IV drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct and three counts of retaliation for past action.
Reece appeared in Sessions Court on Friday. Judge Keith Bowers Jr., appointed a public defender for Reece and ordered him to return to court on Feb. 10. Bowers ordered Reece to have no contact with officers, officers’ families, or the homeowner in the case.