County man arrested after police pursuit ends in crash

Published 8:11 am Friday, December 29, 2017

A Carter County man faces multiple charges after police say he struck another vehicle while attempting to flee from officers on Wednesday.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Timothy Doyle Pippin, 45, 1271 Bluefield Ave., Elizabethton, and charged him with reckless endangerment (serious injury or use of a deadly weapon), felony evading arrest by a motor vehicle, second offense driving on a revoked license, and leaving the scene of an accident with injury. Officers also served Pippin with several outstanding warrants charging him with three counts of failure to appear out of Criminal Court and two Juvenile Court attachments charging him with contempt of court.

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According to police reports, around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, CCSO Deputy David Munsey saw a maroon Chevrolet truck driving through the parking lot of the Betsytown Shopping Center on Highway 19E and noticed the left tail light was not working properly. Munsey said as he followed the vehicle onto Stateline Road he saw the truck’s brake lights were also not working.

As the truck turned onto Pete Hampton Drive, Munsey said he activated the lights and siren on his police vehicle to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver kept going and pulled out onto Highway 19E headed northbound. The truck then turned onto Siam Road as Munsey followed.

“The vehicle passed at least three other cars on Siam Road traveling at a high rate of speed,” Munsey said.

Other officers also began responding to assist Munsey with the pursuit, which had moved onto Charity Hill Road.

While on Charity Hill Road, in the area of the intersection with Ollie Collins Road, the maroon truck struck a white pickup truck.

“At which point the driver of the vehicle exited the vehicle and ran on foot into a wooded area,” CCSO Deputy Roger Brown said. “Myself and Deputy Josh Riddle gave chase and apprehended the suspect, identified as Timothy Doyle Pippin.”

The Carter County Rescue Squad responded to the scene of the crash after officers on the scene reported some individuals had been injured in the accident. No further information was immediately available on the number of individuals who were injured or how severe those injuries were.