HCSO: Bean Station man faces felony charges after high speed chase

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A Bean Station man faces several charges after leading police on a high-speed chase and reportedly tossing a firearm from his vehicle. 

The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office charged Donald J. Wilder with driving on revoked/suspended license, evading arrest by vehicle and by foot, possession of a firearm, stolen property, and felony vandalism. 

According to a police narrative, Wilder was driving on Watterson Street in Rogersville this week when he failed to stop at a stop sign. Investigators say a deputy activated his emergency lights, causing Wilder to drive approximately 120 mph on Highway 11W toward Bean Station. 

Deputies say Wilder nearly caused a bus and vehicle to crash into each other and also drove through fencing in a nearby neighborhood — estimated to cost around $2,000. 

Wilder reportedly drove through a field where he tossed a firearm out the vehicle, which was later discovered by police. 

After a brief foot chase, Wilder was arrested by deputies. 

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