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April 18, 2014

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Pursuit Ends With A Crash,
Arrest Of Chattanooga Man

Sun photo by O.J. Early

Greeneville police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol cordon off the intersection of Summer and Davis streets in Greeneville at noon Monday following a pursuit that ended in a crash and the arrest of a Chattanooga man on a charge of reckless endangerment.

Originally published: 2013-07-02 11:15:56
Last modified: 2013-07-02 11:17:48

Driver Ejected

Out Car's Door;

He's Charged

With Reckless




The Tennessee Highway Patrol has charged a Chattanooga man with felony reckless endangerment following a police pursuit ending in a crash at 11 a.m. Monday on West Summer Street.

The man, 29-year-old Charles Herkley, was injured when he was ejected from his vehicle on impact, according to Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns.

He was listed in stable condition this morning at an area hospital.

A Greeneville woman, Marilyn Shanks, was also injured and was listed in good condition this morning at Holston Valley Medical Center.

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

The deputy pursued Herkley through another red light and intersection in the downtown area before Herkley's Buick collided with Shanks' Buick.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Bales took over the investigation of the crash and 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.

He was ejected out the doorway on impact with Shanks, at which time his Buick continued on its crash course into a Chevrolet S10 pickup driven by Nancy Coggins.

Coggins was not injured in the crash.

Shanks was transported by Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to Takoma Regional Hospital, where she was later transported by Wellmont One Air Transport.

Herkley was transported by EMS to an area hospital.

Further charges from THP are pending toxicology results, with additional charges also pending from the Sheriff's Department.

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