Wanted man crashes vehicle into pole in Kingsport

Daniel Skeens mugshot (Sullivan County Jail)

A man who was wanted in Sullivan County is facing charges after he crashed his vehicle into an electrical pole Wednesday morning, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

Police said around 11:30 a.m., a deputy spotted a vehicle traveling on Blackmore Street in Kingsport. The driver, 19-year-old Daniel Skeens, had felony warrants out of Sullivan County. Skeens refused to stop and a pursuit began.

Skeens then crashed at a high rate of speed into an electrical pole in the 1700 block of Granby Road in Kingsport, police added. Two passengers were also in the vehicle.

All three were taken to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of major injuries, but they are expected to recover.

Skeens is also facing 24 charges including vehicular assault, three counts of felony reckless endangerment and several drug and weapons violations, stemming from earlier incidents.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol officer initiated a traffic stop on Skeens for speeding on U.S. 11 W on last month when Skeens failed to stop, a report said. Skeens vehicle was clocked at 100 miles per hour before crashing into a guard rail on Carters Valley Road, flipping over and injuring Skeens and two others inside the car.

The officer saw Skeens throw a handgun out of the window. It was later recovered and THP reports that the gun was stolen out of Elizabethton.

Charges are pending and the investigation remains ongoing.

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