BY KEN LITTLE
A Hawkins County man who led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase Saturday at speeds exceeding 120 mph before crashing his car was charged with felony reckless endangerment and numerous other offenses.
Robbie Dewayne Charles, 28, of Holly Road, Mooresburg, remained held this morning in the Greene County Detention Center on $49,000 bond. He was to appear today in General Sessions Court.
About 11:10 a.m. Saturday, Greeneville police Officer Jeff Craft was patrolling West Andrew Johnson Highway and clocked a westbound red Acura at 70 mph in a 55 mph zone, a report said.
Charles was pulled over in the former Fat Boyz restaurant parking lot, "where (he) stated he didn't have his license or insurance," the report said.
As Craft was writing traffic tickets, Charles "took off at a high rate of speed" westbound on West Andrew Johnson Highway, with the officer in pursuit and the blue light and siren activated on his patrol car.
Charles "was traveling at speeds in excess of 120 mph, weaving in and out of heavy traffic, creating a dangerous environment to motorists," the report said.
Charles eluded pursuing officers, and an alert to local law enforcement agencies with a description of the car was broadcast.
A short time later, a car matching that description was seen on Philippi Road, sheriff's Lt. Terry S. Rader said in a report.
"I came across the vehicle on Philippi Road going in the opposite direction," the report said. "I partially blocked the road and turned on blue lights. The operator turned the small car around and took off at a high rate of speed."
Rader followed the Acura in a patrol car with blue lights and siren on, "and he would not stop," the report said.
After about two miles, the deputy lost sight of the speeding car.
"As I rounded a curve, I saw where the vehicle had ran off the roadway and went into a field, disabling the vehicle," the report said.
Charles, apparently uninjured, was taken into custody. A search of the car turned up a "short straw" with white powder residue, the report said.
"As I was trying to stop him, he negotiated a curve and met another vehicle on Philippi Road while he was traveling at a high rate of speed, putting them in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death," the report said.
"I also saw (Charles) weaving in and out of traffic on West Andrew Johnson Highway, putting dozens of people's lives at risk of injury or death," the report said.
In addition to felony reckless endangerment, Charles was also charged with reckless endangerment by use of an automobile, felony evading arrest, felony evading arrest by use of a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts each of speeding, driving without a license, violation of the financial responsibility law and violation of the window tint law.