Second suspect in Hamblen SUV heist nabbed after Hawkins wreck

Jeff Bobo • Updated Jan 8, 2020 at 5:46 PM

UPDATE from the THP:

Narrative: On 1/8/2020, Bean Station PD attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a black 2014 Ford Explorer that was stolen out of Morristown.

The driver Mr. Billy Gallimore did not stop and led Bean Station PD officers in a pursuit that continued north bound on US Hwy 11W into Hawkins County.

Near Choptack Rd both vehicle occupants jumped from the moving vehicle. The vehicle ran off the roadway on the right side and then stuck a rock embankment in a wooded area.

The passenger sustained injuries and was transported to the Hawkins County Hospital by EMS. The driver fled on foot into a wooded area on the south side of Hwy 11W.

The driver was later apprehended by the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office approximately 4 hours after the crash.

The Morristown PD had charges against the driver for the theft of the vehicle. The passenger had an active warrant out of Hamblen County and was taken into custody after receiving treatment of his injuries and transported to the Hawkins County Jail. Charges against the driver are pending.


ROGERSVILLE — The second of two men who reportedly led police on a pursuit in a stolen SUV from Hamblen County, through Grainger County, and into Hawkins County was arrested Wednesday afternoon following a manhunt in the Mooresburg community.

Police said the incident began in Morristown Wednesday morning, when two suspects reportedly jumped into an SUV with a trailer hitched to the rear that the owner of the vehicle left unattended after starting it to let it warm up.

Bean Station police reportedly attempted to stop the stolen SUV on Highway 11-W, at which time the suspects fled into Hawkins County.

Rescuers at the scene told the Times News that the suspect vehicle slowed, and one suspect exited and fled into the woods on 11-W about a quarter-mile west of the Route 31 intersection in Mooresburg.

The second suspect then continued driving a short distance, exited the right side of the highway, and crashed in the woods and down an embankment.

The second suspect was arrested immediately, and a search was launched to find the runner, with multiple agencies and a K-9 unit participating.

The suspect was apprehended Wednesday afternoon.

Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said both men were transported to Hamblen County to be charged with the theft.

Bean Station police are also expected to file felony evading charges, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol was investigating the crash.

There was no information available as of Wednesday evening regarding the identity of either suspect.





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