Man faces multiple charges after 90 mph chase with child in backseat


HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – A man was arrested in Hawkins County on Sunday evening after leading police on a high speed chase with his 5 year-old daughter in the back seat.

Just after 6:30 pm a Hawkins County deputy saw Johnny Dean Hurley driving with a broken tail light.

Hurley did not pull over when the deputy activated his blue lights. Instead, he sped up while passing multiple cars on a double yellow line and ran a stop sign on East Main Street in Rogersville.

The deputy chased Hurley at speeds over 90 mph in a 30 mph speed zone.

Eventually, Hurley’s vehicle went off the road and crashed into an embankment in a field.

After taking Hurley into custody, the deputy found the driver’s 5 year-old daughter uninjured in a booster seat in the back seat.

In the front passenger seat Hurley’s girlfriend was found with a shoulder injury and was taken to Hawkins County Memorial Hospital.

Hurley did not provide proof of insurance or registration of the vehicle and was driving on a revoked license because of a DUI in 2011.

The tag on the vehicle had been entered in the National Crime Information Center as a stolen tag.

The deputy also found a jar of what he believed to be marijuana in the vehicle.

Hurley was taken to the Hawkins County Jail after being cleared by medical staff at Hawkins County Memorial Hospital.

He was charged with violation of a light law, violation of registration, felony evading arrest, improper passing, violation of traffic control device, speeding 90 mph in a 30 mph zone, possession of stolen property, driving on a revoked license (2nd offense), two counts of reckless endangerment, simple possession of marijuana, and violation of financial responsibility.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All Rights Reserved.

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