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Rogersville man indicted for 130 mph motorcycle chase with date on back

Jeff Bobo • Oct 11, 2019 at 1:25 PM

ROGERSVILLE – A Rogersville man who allegedly led police on a 130 mph motorcycle chase earlier this year while he and his passenger were on their first date, was indicted last Friday on multiple charges including felony evading arrest and reckless aggravated assault.

Rogersville police initially attempted the April 5 traffic stop on a motorcycle driven by Garet McKinley Myers, 20, 329 Boyd St., when he allegedly ran two stop signs on Hasson Street.

When RPD Officer Josh Byrd activated his blue lights on 11-W, Myers allegedly accelerated to more than 130 mph.

During the pursuit, Byrd reportedly observed the 23-year-old Mosheim woman riding on the back of the motorcycle beating Myers’ back with her fists in an attempt to get him to stop.

About three miles outside of Rogersville, Myers reportedly turned onto Old Highway 11-W, accelerated to more than 100 mph, then abruptly slowed to about 10 mph as if he were going to stop.

As the vehicle approached the 11-W intersection, it was traveling too quickly to make a controlled entrance, Byrd said.

The motorcycle exited the roadway into a field while still traveling toward 11-W. Myers struck a metal sign as the motorcycle went airborne while entering the highway.

While the bike was airborne, the passenger fell off and landed in the eastbound lanes of 11-W.

She reportedly suffered what was believed to be a broken leg and other scrapes and bruises, but her injuries weren’t life-threatening.

Myers was able to keep control of the motorcycle and stopped in the westbound lanes of 11-W, where he was arrested.

His passenger reportedly stated that she had just met Myers that evening, that they were on their first date, and that during the pursuit she was hitting him in the back to get him to stop.

Myers was also indicted for speeding, no insurance and no drivers license.

He remains free on $10,000 bond and will be arraigned Friday in Hawkins County Criminal Court.

Other Hawkins County Grand Jury indictments handed down last Friday included:

• Joseph Severio Gullo, 34, 200 Arrowhead Drive, Rogersville, for domestic assault and false imprisonment.

Jenna Elizabeth York, 26, 121 Murphy Road, Mooresburg, for aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000, aggravated assault and theft under $1,000.

• Bobby Lee Barker, 37, 123 ½ Brummitt St., Rogersville, for possession of meth with intent to deliver less than 1,000 feet from a school, two counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony, two counts of possession of meth with intent to deliver, two counts of possession of Alprazolam with intent to deliver, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, delivery of meth, simple possession of cocaine, simple possession of oxycodone and simple possession of a controlled substance.

• Peggy Lynn Parson, 55, 364 Caney Creek Road, Rogersville, for possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication.

• Gerald Lynn Russell, 39, 124 Austin Mill Road, Rogersville, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

• Ashley Nichole Murphy, 33, 401 E. Economy Road, Morristown, for possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony and possession of druug paraphernalia.

• Wayne O'Brian Gibson, 45, 514 Nottingham Road, Kingsport for 28 counts of forgery and theft over $2,500.

• Travis Scott Gilliam, 32, 266 Fork Branch Road, Rogersville, for violation of the sex offender registry and violation of community supervision for life.

• Kevin Scott Silvers, 47, 220 Allenwood Drive, Surgoinsville, for aggravated assault.

• Cecil Burns Mullins, 42, 6856 Route 66-N, Rogersville, for sex offender registry violation.

• Johnny Thomas Barton, 45, 1009 Route 113, Bulls Gap, for aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000 and theft under $1,000.

• Nicholas V. Morris, 27, 3848 Eastline Drive, Kingsport, who was named in an Aug. 19 sealed indictment for felony reckless endangerment, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, driving on a revoked license third offense, violation of a traffic control device, violation of the due care law and no insurance.

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