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Police: Second Hawkins County man in 4 days leads police on 100 mph chase in 45 mph zone

Photo credit: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office

A Hawkins County man was arrested Tuesday after police say he led them on a chase with speeds that reached 105 mph in a 45 mph zone.

According to the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office, 34-year-old William Ashley Davis was charged with speeding, reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest, felony possession of stolen property, felony drug possession, driving on a revoked license, improper passing, and violation of light law.

According to authorities, a deputy said he was patrolling the area of Carters Valley Road near Watterson Gap Road in reference to a complaint that a possible stolen vehicle was in the area. The deputy saw a Honda coming at him with no lights on and nearly his police car. The deputy then tried to stop the vehicle in a chase that reached 105 mph. The vehicle continued east on Carters Valley Road and passed three cars on the double yellow line. The deputy added the passenger would shine "an extremely bright light" in what he believed was an attempt to blind his vision. The Honda continued on Carters Valley Road to Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport and then went into Virginia. The deputy stopped the pursuit and passed information onto Weber City police.

A Weber City officer saw the vehicle on Pierce Street, about a mile from where the pursuit stopped. The vehicle was unoccupied and the right front tire was missing. Officers searched the area before a neighbor told a detective that a man and woman came to his house wanting a ride and to use his phone. The neighbor said he gave them a ride to the Dollar General on Carters Valley Road back in Hawkins County. Officers then responded to that area and found the pair identified as William Davis and Heather Caldwell.

Police said that Caldwell agreed to give a written statement that Davis drove the Honda during the chase and confirmed the statement of the neighbor. A check of Davis's driving history revealed his driver's license to be revoked. Davis refused to give a statement but had the keys to the vehicle in his pocket. A check with Rogersville police showed the Honda was stolen on November 10. A search of the Honda revealed five syringes which are believed to have been used for illegal drug use.

Both Davis and Caldwell were taken to the Hawkins County Jail.

This is the second incident in four days which involved a chase that reached speeds over 100 mph, according to authorities in Hawkins County. Heath Drinnon was arrested following a chase on Saturday, according to police.

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