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April 18, 2014

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Downtown Crash Brings Charges For Chattanooga Man

Originally published: 2013-07-05 11:35:31
Last modified: 2013-07-05 11:38:50



A Chattanooga man involved in a police pursuit Monday morning that ended with a crash on West Summer Street was formally charged Wednesday with charges including drug possession and felony reckless endangerment.

Charles E. Herkley, 29, was served with warrants at Johnson City Medical Center and transferred to the Greene County Detention Center, sheriff's Deputy Ben Stewart said in a report.

Herkley is scheduled to appear today in General Sessions Court.

Herkley was the driver of a car that sheriff's deputies attempted to stop at Church and College streets. He was involved in a crash at the intersection of West Summer and Davis streets, deputies said in a report.

A search after the crash turned up 28.4 grams of powder cocaine and five grams of crack cocaine, along with a two sets of digital scales and a salt shaker with a false bottom, reports said.

Herkley also was carrying $1,410 in cash, a report said.

Other reports said that Herkley failed to stop for officers after patrol car blue lights and a siren were activated.

Herkley allegedly ran a red light and nine stop signs "and drove in the wrong direction in a turn lane while fleeing from officers," a report said.

Herkley "drove in a manner that may have placed others in imminent danger of death or serious injury," a report said.

Herkley was injured when he was ejected from his vehicle on impact, Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns said.

Marilyn Shanks, of Greeneville, was also injured in the crash. She was listed in good condition earlier this week at Holston Valley Medical Center.

Investigators determined that Herkley failed to stop at the stop sign and struck Shanks vehicle, which was traveling southbound.

Burns said that Herkley was not wearing a seat belt and had his passenger side door open during the chase.

Herkley was ejected out the doorway on impact with Shanks' vehicle. Herkley's Buick Regal sedan continued on its crash course into a Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by Nancy Coggins.

Coggins was not injured in the crash.

Burns said a sheriff's deputy witnessed Herkley run a red light and failed to yield to sirens and lights.

Herkley is charged with possession of a Schedule II drug with intent to deliver, two felony counts of reckless endangerment, a felony count of evading arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license, driving left of center, and failure to comply with traffic control devices.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol assisted sheriff's deputies with the investigation.

Staff writer Kristen Buckles contributed to this report

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