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Auto theft suspect who bailed out of SUV during chase returned to Hawkins

Jeff Bobo • Jan 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Rutledge man who bailed out of a stolen vehicle in Mooresburg during a Jan. 8 police pursuit that began in Bean Station over an SUV that was reported stolen in Morristown has been returned to Rogersville to answer numerous Hawkins County charges.

Billy Lee Gallimore, 34, 140 Rogers Lane, Rutledge, is scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Sessions Court Wednesday on 11 charges including felony evading arrest, felony reckless endangerment, and possession of stolen property.

He is also facing charges in Hamblen and Grainger counties.

Police said the incident began in Morristown when Gallimore and an accomplice, Sherman Kennedy, allegedly jumped into a black 2014 Ford Explorer with a trailer hitched to the rear.

The owner had reportedly left it unattended after starting it to let it warm up.

According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report, in the late morning of Jan. 8, the Bean Station Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the stolen Explorer.

Gallimore, who was identified as the driver, allegedly refused to stop and led BSPD officers on a pursuit that continued on Highway 11-W into Hawkins County.

Near the Choptack Road intersection, both vehicle occupants jumped from the moving Explorer. The vehicle then ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a rock embankment in a wooded area.

Kennedy sustained injuries and was transported to Hawkins County Memorial Hospital by Hawkins County EMS.

Gallimore allegedly fled on foot into a wooded area on the south side of 11-W and was apprehended by the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office approximately four hours after the crash.

Aside from the aforementioned felony charges, Gallimore is also charged in Hawkins County with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to give immediate notice of an accident, failure to render aid, reckless driving, failure to exercise due care, speeding, improper passing and driving on revoked second offense.

He is being held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond.

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