The name of the driver involved in a high-speed police chase July 19 has been released by law enforcement.
According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, James Harris, 40, of Talbott, was the driver of a 1999 Jeep Cherokee that led officers on a chase that began in Middlesboro, Kentucky, and ended on Providence Road in Harrogate.
The pursuit was initiated by Middlesboro Police Department Officer Barry Cowan, states the report. The pursuit went through the Cumberland Gap Tunnel and continued into Harrogate. Harris, while allegedly actively evading arrest, struck a Gold Chevrolet Impala near the intersection of US Hwy. 25E and Ray Neely Drive, near Lincoln Memorial University, according to the report. The collision caused the Chevrolet to rotate and come to an uncontrolled rest on the west side of US Hwy. 25E. The Chevrolet was driven by Bertha Colvin of Evarts, Kentucky. No charges were filed against her.
Trooper Chad Arnwine was dispatched to the scene near LMU.
The report states that Harris continued southbound on US Hwy. 25E without stopping and rendering aid. He then turned west onto Hwy. 63. At this point, Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mark Brock entered the pursuit. Harris “continued westbound evading law enforcement… then turned left onto Providence Road. As Harris approached 293 Providence Rd., he turned immediately to the right and left the roadway. The vehicle traveled approximately 35-40 feet down an embankment. The vehicle came to rest in a creek bed.”
Officials said both the driver and passenger then jumped out of the vehicle and ran on foot.
The passenger, Jody Paul Long, 32, of Knoxville, was detained early July 20 by Det. Tim Shrout and Deputy Ted Brindle of the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department.
The driver remained at large for several days.
Trooper Jason Davis of the Tennessee Highway Patrol is the investigating officer in Tennessee and was dispatched to the scene at Providence Road.
Upon further investigation by officers, they found that the license plate displayed on the vehicle did not belong on the vehicle. It was registered to a Ford Ranger truck. The vehicle had been spray painted black from the original gold color, according to the report. The vehicle was removed from the embankment. A VIN check showed that the vehicle is registered to a Speedwell resident. The plate displayed and the vehicle itself does not show to be stolen, the report states.
Charges are pending against Harris and Long in both Tennessee and Kentucky.
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