Hawkins teen allegedly ran off-duty deputy and son off road during high-speed chase

Jeff Bobo • Sep 25, 2018 at 9:31 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County teen was charged with felony evading arrest and four counts of reckless endangerment Saturday after he allegedly fled a traffic stop, and then ran an off duty deputy and his son off the road.

Around 12:47 p.m. Saturday HCSO Deputy Billy Begley was traveling west on Carters Valley Road near Church Hill when he reportedly observed an oncoming eastbound black Ford Ranger cross the center line in an attempt to pass another vehicle.

Begley said he attempted to catch up the the Ranger with his lights and siren activated, at which time he observed the Ranger allegedly attempting to evade with two passengers in the vehicle.

The Ranger was fleeing eastbound on Carters Valley Road when it allegedly ran another vehicle off the road at the Gravely Valley Road intersection that was occupied by off duty Deputy Bobby Moffitt and his son.

Moffitt told Begley the Ranger continued east on Carters Valley Road at a high rate of speed.

Begley said he continued to pursue but without lights and siren, and he wasn't able to locate the Ranger.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday Begley spotted that same Ranger traveling east on Highway 11-W, at which time he was able to conduct a traffic stop in Surgoinsville.

The driver was identified as Dylan Harold Brown, 18, 140 Christiana Road, Rogersville, who reportedly admitted he'd been the driver who fled the traffic stop earlier.

Brown’s license was found to be suspended for truancy in 2016.

The four counts of reckless endangerment pertained to Moffitt and his son, as well as the two passengers in the Ranger.

Aside from those reckless endangerment charges and felony evading arrest, Brown was additionally charged with speeding 21 mph over the speed limit, no insurance, registration violation, driving left of center, and driving on a suspended license.

He was arraigned Monday in Sessions Court, and as of Monday afternoon remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $2,000 bond.

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