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Police say Church Hill drug deal preceded pursuit, crash at Lowe's

Jeff Bobo • Updated Aug 13, 2019 at 12:13 PM

KINGSPORT — A high-speed chase that ended at the West Stone Drive Lowe’s Monday night with the suspect hitting three vehicles and crashing into the garden center began after a Hawkins County deputy allegedly observed a drug transaction in Church Hill.

Arresting HCSO Deputy Hunter Jones stated in his report that Brooke Ann Begley, 28, 359 Barnett Drive, Kingsport, allegedly struck a vehicle while turning from West Stone Drive onto Deneen Lane toward Lowe's. She then allegedly hit two parked vehicles before crashing into the garden center.

A juvenile in one of the vehicles that was allegedly struck by the pickup Begley was driving reportedly suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

Jones said Begley fled into the store on foot after the crash, refused to surrender, and was Tasered before being taken into custody.

Upon being arrested, Begley allegedly admitted to Jones she had swallowed heroin and pills during the chase. She then reportedly displayed signs of overdosing and was transported to the Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County EMS.

Hand-to-hand transaction

Jones stated in his report that he was on routine patrol in Church Hill Monday around 8 p.m. when he observed a male make a hand-to-hand transaction with a female near the intersection of Main Boulevard and Gray Brothers Road.

Jones then followed the female, who was driving a black GMC pickup, as she traveled east on Highway 11-W.

The deputy reportedly observed the pickup weaving, and he attempted a traffic stop at the Hammond Avenue intersection in Mount Carmel.

A high-speed pursuit

Jones said the pickup then accelerated to 93 mph, ran the red light at Lewis Lane, and continued east on West Stone Drive into Kingsport.

Upon reaching the Deneen Lane intersection, the pickup reportedly turned left toward Lowe’s, but failed to negotiate the turn and over-corrected, then crashed into the driver’s side door of a Honda SUV.

Begley reportedly continued into the Lowe’s parking lot, where her damaged pickup hit a parked Honda and a parked Ford SUV before crashing slowly into the store’s garden center.

“She had eaten a large amount of heroin”

Jones said the driver, who was later identified as Begley, exited the pickup after coming to a stop at the garden center and fled on foot into the store, refusing his commands to stop.

“After a brief struggle, I placed the female under arrest,” Jones stated in his report. “Ms. Begley stated she had eaten a large amount of heroin and pills while fleeing. Ms. Begley then started showing signs of overdose and stated she had eaten dog food.”

Begley was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center, where she was treated and released into police custody around 4 a.m.

Needles, spoon and a pipe

Upon searching her vehicle, police allegedly located seven hypodermic needles; a mirror with a white powdery substance; a set of digital scales; a spoon with burn marks and a white powdery substance; and a meth pipe.

Begley was charged by the HCSO with felony evading arrest, evading arrest by foot, tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI, driving on a revoked license, lane violation, no insurance, resisting arrest, red light violation, and speeding.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, which investigated the incidents at Lowe’s, charged Begley with vehicular assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence, driving on a revoked license, DUI, failure to maintain due care, and no insurance.

She was being held in the Hawkins County Jail Tuesday with no bond set.

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