'Adrenaline Rush' — Brothers accused of drag racing, evading arrest in Hawkins

Jeff Bobo • Sep 24, 2019 at 9:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — One of two brothers arrested Sunday accused of drag racing each other and fleeing a traffic stop in Hawkins County reportedly told the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office he didn't pull over because he had an “adrenaline rush.”

Around 6:20 p.m. Sunday, Deputy Hunter Jones reportedly observed a black 2009 Nissan GTR pass a gray Acura RSX on a double solid line while traveling northbound on Route 31 north of Mooresburg.

Jones stated in his report that when he activated his blue lights and pulled behind both vehicles, both accelerated to 80 mph in a 40 mph zone.

“The vehicles continued driving at a high rate of speed and failed to maintain their lanes multiple times,” Jones stated in his report. “The vehicles crossed into Hancock County, where they continued until the Route 31 and Deer Run Road intersection. A high risk stop was conducted on both vehicles.”

The driver of the Nissan GTR was identified as Samuel Paxson Suplee, 29, 449 Clear Brook Drive, Jefferson City.

The driver of the Acura RSX was identified as Benjamin Cotton Suplee, 28, 4478 Brockland Drive, Morristown.

When asked by Jones why he fled the traffic stop, Benjamin Suplee reportedly stated he was scared of being pulled over and that he made “a stupid mistake.”

When asked that same question by Jones, Samuel Suplee reportedly stated he “had an adrenaline rush.”

Both brothers were arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges including felony evading arrest, drag racing, reckless endangerment by motor vehicle, speeding 80 in a 40 zone and improper lane usage.

Both were released from the Hawkins County Jail on Monday on $2,000 bond each and are scheduled to appear in Sessions Court for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 18.