Biker Charged with Drag Racing on 11-W, Almost Touching Resting Mount Carmel Officer | New
MONT CARMEL – One of two motorcyclists who allegedly nearly collided with a resting Mount Carmel Police Officer on Route 11-W has been charged with drag racing, reckless driving and speeding.
The second horseman was arrested by an assistant from the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office at the east end of Surgoinsville, but then fled the scene.
A high-speed chase ensued, but was halted in Rogersville due to security concerns. This rider has not been identified.
MCPD agent Hunter Jones said in his report that around 6:15 p.m. Sunday he was traveling west on 11-W to Mount Carmel near the Belmont Avenue intersection when two motorcycles sporty-style girls pulled up next to him in the fast lane.
“The motorcycles then accelerated and moved into the slow lane, which was occupied by me,” Jones said. “I then performed an evasive maneuver to avoid a collision with the motorcycles. The motorcycles accelerated and passed three other vehicles while separating and approaching within inches of the other vehicles, creating an extremely dangerous situation.
Jones said he then watched the motorcycles line up on top of each other near the Englewood Avenue intersection and together accelerate to over 90 mph.
A third motorcycle then joined the other two.
Jones notified HCSO MP Casey Carter and followed the three motorcycles as they continued toward Church Hill at high speed.
According to Jones’ report, Carter pulled over motorcycles in Surgoinsville at the intersection of 11-W and Regency Drive and initiated a traffic stop.
Initially, all three motorcycles stopped, as did Jones. Then one of the two original bikes that nearly hit Jones sped off at high speed.
Carter chased this motorcycle while Jones identified himself as an officer and detained the other two bikers. Jones said the second biker who nearly hit him was identified as Andrew Daniel Coots, 20, Tazewell, Tennessee.
“Mr. Coots said he was aware of the way he was driving and apologized,” Jones said.
The third rider who joined the first two after the near collision was not named, Jones said.
Coots was released from Hawkins County Jail Sunday evening on $ 4,000 bail and was arraigned in session court Monday on charges of drag racing, reckless driving and speeding at 90 km / h in a 55 mph zone.
Coots is expected to be back at Sessions Court on July 21.