Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man that had felony arrest warrants who was involved in this evening’s crash.
A SCSO deputy recognized the vehicle and its driver to be Jay Dennis, age 32, of Bristol, TN. The deputy knew that there were felony arrest warrants in Sullivan County and from multiple other jurisdictions for Dennis’ arrest. Dennis is being charged with felony evading arrest, driving on a suspended license, felony reckless endangerment, possession of schedule II narcotics, and possession of a controlled substance.
In addition to today’s charges, there are also warrants for the suspect in four other jurisdictions. The Bristol, TN Police Department, Kingsport Police Department, Johnson City Police Department, and the Washington County, TN Sheriff’s Office all hold active warrants for various felony and misdemeanor charges.
According to information from the department, the deputy got behind the suspect’s vehicle on Highway 11W/E. Stone Drive near Crown Colony and activated his blue lights. The suspect accelerated and a pursuit began westbound. As the suspect neared the intersection of E. Stone Drive and Brandon Lane, he struck a mini-van. The suspect continued on down E. Stone Drive from the Brandon Lane intersection and struck the passenger side of a Ford Taurus at the intersection of E. Stone Drive and John B. Dennis Highway.
The suspect jumped out of his moving vehicle near the John B. Dennis bridge and ran up the grass embankment toward the southbound lanes of John B. Dennis Hwy. A deputy was on John B. Dennis Hwy. and the suspect turned to run back toward E. Stone. Two civilians were present and assisted the deputy in taking the suspect into custody. The suspect’s vehicle continued rolling after he jumped out of it and came to rest in the grass beside the exit ramp from John B. Dennis Hwy. onto E. Stone Dr.
The two vehicle crashes were investigated by the Kingsport Police Department. The driver of the mini-van that was struck was not injured and there was minimal damage to the mini-van. The driver of the Ford Taurus was transported by Sullivan County EMS to a local hospital to be examined.
The names of the two civilians that assisted with the apprehension of the suspect are not known. SSCO stated, “we are grateful for their assistance.”
Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office attempted to pull over a man this evening who was wanted on felony warrants by several police departments.
The suspect is unidentified at this time.
The chase went down Stone Drive and clipped bumper of vehicle at Brandon Lane.
The suspect then crashed into a vehicle at the intersection of Stone Drive and John B. Dennis. The car was severely damage and a woman was taken to the hospital. The condition of the woman is currently unknown.
According to SCSO, the suspect tried to flee but a civilian got out of a car and tackled the person mentioned.
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