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Suspect caught after alleged 100 mph 'wrong lane' motorcycle pursuit

Jeff Bobo • Updated Sep 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who allegedly led police on a 100 mph motorcycle chase Thursday and was twice reportedly driving in the wrong lane of travel is facing numerous charges, including felony evading arrest.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Godsey stated in his report that shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday he was on Goshen Valley Road investigating a stolen vehicle complaint where a male suspect had fled the area on foot.

During that investigation, Godsey reportedly observed a man start a motorcycle and ride toward Church Hill at a high rate of speed.

It was later determined that the motorcycle was driven by Jonathan James Gilley, 30, 151 Gillian Road, Rogersville. 

When Godsey attempted a traffic stop of the motorcycle, Gilley allegedly fled in the wrong lane of travel and blew through the red light at the Highway 11-W intersection, nearly striking a vehicle stopped at the light.

Gilley allegedly jumped the concrete median and continued westbound on 11-W, where Godsey determined his speeds exceeded 100 mph.

Godsey stated in his report that upon reaching the Rogersville city limits, Gilley allegedly moved over into the eastbound lane but continued traveling west.

Upon reaching the Quarryville Boat Ramp exit just west of Rogersville, Gilley allegedly attempted to turn around in the grass median and double back eastbound, but he laid the bike down in the grass and fled on foot into a wooded area toward a nearby campground.

Gilley was reportedly apprehended following a foot pursuit and “several minutes of struggling.”

In addition to felony evading arrest, Gilley was charged with reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, evading arrest by foot, reckless driving, driving on a revoked license, no insurance, failure to maintain due care, speeding, registration violation and failure to obey traffic control.

He was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court and ordered held without bond.

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