Police: Rogersville man clocked going 101 mph in 45 mph zone, arrested following chase

Photo credit: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office

A Rogersville man is behind bars after police say they clocked him going 101 mph in a 45 mph zone and led them on a chase.

According to the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office, 42-year-old Heath Drinnon was charged with speeding, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest by motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident (property damage), evading arrest by foot, and being a habitual motor offender.

Police said a deputy was patrolling on Carters Valley Road near the intersection of Looney's Gap Road shortly after midnight on Saturday when he saw a pickup truck accelerate to a high rate of speed. The deputy then activated his lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The pickup continued traveling eastbound on Carters Valley Road and the deputy clocked it going 101 mph. The pickup also was swerving on both sides of the road.

Authorities added the pickup turned onto several side roads in an attempt to elude law enforcement. The vehicle was traveling on Morningstar Road and tried to negotiate a curve but struck a mailbox and several concrete blocks. Police saw the truck go off the road into a field for several hundred yards when the driver stopped the vehicle and ran on foot.

Police found Drinnon hiding in a small wooded area about 500 yards from the pickup.

Drinnon was arrested and taken to the Hawkins County Jail.