BY KEN LITTLE
A Jonesborough man had to have one last beer before being taken into custody Monday afternoon after leading authorities on a vehicle pursuit that spanned Greene and Washington counties, sheriff's deputies said in a report.
Charles E. Dykes, 35, of 147 Roy Phillips Road, was the subject of a "be on the lookout" alert about 4 p.m. Monday, when a car he was driving was spotted entering Greene County from Washington County on Tennessee Rt. 107, Deputy Ricky Graham said in a report.
Dykes was being sought on outstanding warrants and "was evading Washington County officers," the report said.
The deputy activated emergency lights and began pursuing the car. The car did not stop, however, and ran through a red light at the intersection with U.S. 11E in the direction of Greeneville, the report said.
The car made a U-turn at the intersection of College Hills Drive and drove back toward Washington County, running another red light, the report said.
In an attempt to elude deputies, Dykes "weaved in and out" of traffic, the report said.
After Dykes re-entered Washington County and attempted to cross 11E to make a left-hand turn on Leesburg Road, he drove into oncoming traffic and the car was struck on the passenger side by an oncoming van, the report said.
As deputies approached and ordered Dykes out of the car, he "chugged" a beer before being taken into custody, the report said.
Dykes was charged with felony counts of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
A passenger in the car, Amber T. Rose, 26, of Jonesborough, suffered injuries in the crash and was taken by Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services to Johnson City Medical Center. Her condition was not available this morning.
The car driven by Dykes was registered to Rose. She was charged with driving under the influence by consent, the report said.
Both Dykes and Rose were scheduled to appear today in General Sessions Court.