There was a large police presence in Harrogate Tuesday evening after two men led law enforcement on a chase that began in Middlesboro and ended on Providence Road.
According to witnesses and Claiborne County authorities, the vehicle wrecked off an embankment on Providence Road, off of Hwy. 63. Both the driver and passenger then jumped out of the vehicle and ran on foot. The driver was still at large as of late Thursday afternoon.
The passenger, Jody Paul Long, 32, of Knoxville, was detained early Wednesday morning by Det. Tim Shrout and Deputy Ted Brindle of the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department. According to Shrout, charges are pending against Long in both Tennessee and Kentucky.
According to a report from WYMT-TV, a witness stated he saw the pursuit in progress.
Chuck Woodby was heading home from work in Tennessee toward the Kentucky state line.
“We saw them fly by. Everybody was kind of slowing down,” recalled Woodby in the report. “It was a green Jeep Cherokee that was running from a Middlesboro City Police 0fficer.”
He says he saw the Jeep hit another vehicle at some point in the pursuit. That wreck occurred on U.S. Hwy. 25E.
“I looked up in the side mirror and we saw it. You could see all the — I guess it was radiator fluid — go everywhere. We turned around and it was an elderly lady in a brown car that it had hit,” Woodby told WYMT.
He added that the woman looked to be OK, but it could’ve turned out much worse.
“It put a lot of people in danger. That’s about the time everybody’s getting off work, getting groceries, stuff like that. It was something else to see,” said Woodby.
State and local law enforcement searched the Providence Road area, even checking residences door-to-door.
Trooper Jason Davis of the Tennessee Highway Patrol is the investigating officer in Tennessee. Charges are pending against the driver in both Tennessee and Kentucky as well.
When contacted, no one from the Middlesboro Police Department was able to release the pending charges there.
Some information provided by WYMT-TV, Hazard, Kentucky. Reach Marisa Anders at 423-254-5588 or on Twitter @newsgirl88.