Kingsport man to be charged after crashing into houses, cars during police chase

Jeff Bobo • Nov 30, 2019 at 11:46 AM

ROGERSVILLE — Charges are pending against a Kingsport motorist who crashed into two houses Thursday evening while being pursued by Rogersville police on Highway 11-W.

According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report, the Rogersville Police Department attempted a traffic stop on Mitchell Godsey, 40, shortly after 7:30 p.m.

A BOLO (be on the lookout) had been issued for the 2004 Toyota Camry that Godsey was driving, which was reported stolen out of Sullivan County by his father.

RPD Detective Travis Fields told the Times News that Godsey was traveling westbound, from the Kingsport area into Rogersville.

“The call came in as an erratic driver swerving in and out of traffic,” Fields said. “Our units got behind him and said he was driving very erratic. As soon as they turned on the blue lights, he took off. He went around the curve where 11-W and Highway 66 meet. That’s when he lost control and ended up behind the house, hitting parked vehicles and houses.”

The THP report stated that Godsey lost control of the vehicle and ran off the right side of the roadway.

The Toyota traveled through a yard, began to overturn, and tore down a fence and a flagpole at 102 Russell Drive.

The vehicle continued southbound across Russell Drive and struck a vehicle, a fence, a home and came to rest on its roof at 101 Russell Drive.

None of the residents were injured, but a parked car and two houses suffered extensive damage.

Godsey was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center.

No information about his condition was available as of Saturday, but police said he was alert and speaking to rescuers shortly after the wreck.

No charges had been filed against Godsey as of Saturday.

Fields said the RPD will charge Godsey with felony evading arrest.

The THP has its own investigation and charges pending related to the crash.

The Hawkins County Rescue Squad, Rogersville Fire Department, and Hawkins County EMS  responded to the crash scene along with the RPD, THP and Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office.