High speed chase ends with crash and multiple felony charges

Published 11:57 am Monday, July 10, 2023

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A pursuit by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department resulted in a crash and multiple felony charges. According to the release, a maroon Honda Civic was traveling on Watauga Road around 12:06 a.m. on Friday morning at a high rate of speed. The CCSO deputy observed that the vehicle had an inoperable passenger side brake light and engaged emergency lighting in an attempt to conduct a motor vehicle stop at the intersection of Watauga Road and Smalling Road.
The vehicle, containing two adults and two juvenile passengers, was traveling at high rates of speed and at times, would reach over 80 mph. When the vehicle attempted to make a sharp right curve onto the Smalling Bridge, the driver lost control and struck the bridge. The patrol car hit the rear of the suspect vehicle. According to the CCSO deputy, the brakes were too hot.
The driver of the Honda Civic was identified as Jacob Lones, 19, who was charged with the following:
• Reckless Endangerment – Felony – 3 counts
• Seat Belt Age 18 + 1st Offense
• Fail to Have Two Red Stoplights on Vehicle
• Evading Arrest – Felony
The deputy observed a clear cellophane wrapper with what appeared to be a white powder substance lying on the ground beside the passenger side front tire. The white powder substance was collected for evidence and weighed at approximately 1.56 grams. Upon review of the dash cam video, the deputy was unable to determine which occupant of the vehicle tossed the suspected narcotics on the ground. All passengers were released and Lones was transported by EMS to the Johnson City Medical Center to be treated for his possible injury.

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