Taylor arrested for evading arrest
By Sparta Live | January 8, 2007 12:00 am
Kim Swindell Wood
A White County deputy arrested an 18-year-old man for several violations after he attempted to outrun law enforcement officers.
Joshua Stephen Taylor, 18, of Sparta, was arrested on three charges related to an incident where he attempted to elude officers after they began pursuit of his vehicle.
At approximately 2:14 a.m., Dec. 12, 2006, John Haley, of White County Sheriff Department, was parked at Alcorn’s Market on North Spring Street talking with Lt. Ken McCormick, of Sparta Police Department, when he heard a loud vehicle that was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed.
Haley observed two vehicles then pass by where he was sitting, with one vehicle being passed by a dark colored truck. The truck was traveling at a speed in excess of what Haley said he felt was required to properly pass the other vehicle in a 45-mph zone with no oncoming traffic.
Haley and McCormick pulled out of Alcorn’s parking lot to stop the speeding vehicle. According to Haley’s report, he activated his blue lights and siren. The truck left North Spring Street and got onto Roberts-Matthews Highway. The truck failed to stop and attempted to turn onto Jim Hennessee Road. The vehicle left the roadway on the northeast side of the intersection and was making attempts to get back on the roadway.
As Haley approached the intersection, the truck entered Jim Hennessee Road and appeared to come to a stop. As Haley turned onto the road, the truck proceeded eastbound on the road and eventually stopped in front of a residence at 258 Jim Hennessee Road.
Taylor was escorted to Haley’s patrol car, while his passenger, Christopher Lynn Taylor, 26, was questioned. The passenger told Haley as the driver pulled onto North Spring Street, from Bockman Way, he “just floored it” to demonstrate “what his truck would do.” The passenger said the speedometer registered 90 mph when the driver passed the vehicle on North Spring Street.
Tennessee Highway Patrol was called to the scene because the truck had damage from running off the roadway. The truck also had a blowout, which led to the driver stopping.
According to the report, the driver said he was scared when he saw the two patrol cars and did not want a speeding ticket.
The truck was released to the passenger.
The driver was transported to White County Jail where he was charged with reckless driving, evading arrest in a motor vehicle and reckless endangerment.
Joshua was scheduled to appear in White County General Sessions Court, on Dec. 15, 2006. His bond was set at $9,000.