Hawkins Police Blotter: Stalking suspect arrested nine days after high speed chase

Jeff Bobo • May 18, 2020 at 5:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man with a history of stalking an ex-girlfriend was arrested last Monday on an outstanding warrant stemming from a May 2 high-speed pursuit arising from another alleged stalking incident.

On May 2 around 12:32 a.m., Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a stalking complaint against Jeremiah Jesse Burton, 25, 145 Timberlake Drive, Rogersville, at the residence of his ex-girlfriend north of Rogersville.

The alleged victim stated she was outside her vehicle talking on the phone when she heard a door shut on a vehicle. When she got back in her vehicle, a dark colored truck pulled in behind her and Burton allegedly got out and attempted to open her door.

The alleged victim stated that she drove through the yard to get away from him, but Burton allegedly followed.

HCSO Cpl. Eric Pease stated in his report that he intercepted Burton on Spruce Pine Road. Pease wrote that Burton was traveling in the wrong lane of traffic at a high rate of speed and almost struck Pease’s patrol car head-on.

Burton allegedly fled Pease’s attempted traffic stop at a high rate of speed before pulling into a driveway on Poor Valley Road and fleeing on foot. Upon searching the truck, Pease allegedly found a 12-pack of beer with only three left.

Burton was charged with felony evading arrest, reckless driving, evading arrest on foot, driving on a revoked license, no insurance, open container violation, registration violation and driving left of center.

Mom and son accused of false report

Conner Spurrier, 20, and his mother, Carmen Spurrier, 43, both of 3613 Crest Road, Kingsport, were arrested on Friday and charged with filing a false report and criminal conspiracy as a result of a rental vehicle crash that occurred at the Phipps Bend Industrial Park.

Video surveillance showed that the wreck occurred at 9:42 p.m. A witness told police he stopped to check on the wreck at 9:45 p.m. and observed only a male driver in the vehicle. Carmen Spurrier arrived at the scene about 20 minutes after the HCSO and reportedly stated she had been driving at the time of the crash.

Carmen Spurrier reportedly stated she had called her husband after the wreck, who came to pick her up. She said she then took her husband to work in Kingsport and drove back to Phipps Bend. Pease said her timeline didn’t match witness and video evidence. Carmen Spurrier was additionally charged with driving on a suspended license.

Deputy allegedly witnesses assault

Makala Hope Lindsey, 21, 195 Okalona Road, Church Hill, was arrested on May 8 and charged with domestic assault after she was allegedly observed by Deputy John Harrell striking her boyfriend in a vehicle.

Harrell said he observed a Honda CRV stopped in the middle of Carters Valley Road. The vehicle then moved west a short distance before stopping abruptly and swerving sideways, Harrell stated in his report.

Harrell then reportedly observed the female passenger, later identified as Lindsey, strike the male driver, who held his hands up to protect himself. The alleged victim reportedly suffered a broken tooth and bloody mouth.

“Checking out a female” leads to assault

Cynthia Ann Good, 58, 2930 Route 66-S, Rogersville, was arrested on May 9 and charged with domestic assault after she allegedly admitted to assaulting the alleged victim after he was “checking out a female in the parking lot.”

The alleged victim suffered scratches to his right knee, chest and right arm.

Good stated that the alleged victim had choked her, but Deputy Stephanie Bolgnese stated in her report she didn’t observe any marks on Good’s neck and the alleged victim wasn’t charged.

Imaginary bugs and snakes

Jimmy Ray Lewis, 24, 683 Cloud Creek Road, Rogersville, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with public intoxication and possession of Schedule II narcotics after the HCSO responded to a report of a man possibly under the influence of drugs on Cloud Creek Road.

Deputy Will Mullins reportedly observed Lewis standing in the road with his shirt and sweatshirt lying in the road and his pants around his ankles. Lewis reportedly stated he had bugs and snakes crawling all over him.

Lewis also reportedly stated he was the victim of demonic possession. Mullins allegedly located a small bag of meth in Lewis’ front pants pocket.

Near collision results in 11 charges

Tyler Bryant Hoard, 29, 3312 Watterson St., Kingsport, was arrested on May 10 and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm while under the influence, DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and other traffic charges.

The arrest occurred after Deputy Hunter Jones reportedly observed Hoard cross the center line on Netherland Inn Road and nearly strike another vehicle.

During a traffic stop, Hoard reportedly performed poorly on field sobriety tests. A glass meth pipe was allegedly observed in plain view in the vehicle and a 9mm Taurus handgun in the passenger seat.

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