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Man wanted in five jurisdictions caught after Stone Drive chase

Staff report • Oct 19, 2018 at 9:40 PM

KINGSPORT — A Bristol, Tenn., man who already had warrants from five jurisdictions is facing a host of new charges after reportedly striking two vehicles as he fled from police Friday evening.

According to Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Andy Seabolt, at about 5:30 a brown Chrysler 300 passed a deputy on Highway 11-W. The officer recognized the driver, Jay Dennis, 32, and knew that there were warrants from Sullivan County and other jurisdictions for his arrest.

The deputy got behind Dennis’ westbound vehicle and activated his blue lights near Crown Colony, but the suspect accelerated and a pursuit began. As Dennis neared the intersection of Brandon Lane, he struck a minivan, but continued down Stone Drive and hit the passenger side of a Ford Taurus at the John B. Dennis intersection.

The suspect exited his moving vehicle near the John B. Dennis bridge and ran up the grass embankment toward the southbound lanes of the highway. However, another deputy was on John B. Dennis, so the suspect turned to run back toward Stone Drive.

 Two civilians assisted police in taking Dennis into custody. His vehicle continued rolling after he jumped out of it and came to rest in the grass beside the exit ramp from John B. Dennis onto Stone Drive.

The two vehicle crashes were investigated by the Kingsport Police Department. The driver of the minivan was not injured, and there was minimal damage to the vehicle. However, the driver of the Taurus was transported by Sullivan County EMS to a hospital for examination.

Dennis was also taken to a hospital to be checked due to the collision with the Taurus. Afterward, he was transported to the Sullivan County Jail. 

Charges stemming from Friday’s incident include: felony evading arrest, driving on a suspended license, felony reckless endangerment, possession of Schedule II narcotics and possession of a controlled substance.

There are also warrants for Dennis in four other jurisdictions. The Bristol (Tenn.) Police Department, Kingsport Police Department, Johnson City Police Department and Washington County (Tenn.) Sheriff’s Office all hold active warrants for various felony and misdemeanor charges.

Seabolt noted that police do not know the names of the two civilians who assisted with Dennis’ capture, but he said that the SCSO is grateful for their assistance.

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