Man Facing Charges After High Speed Chase Ends In Accident

wreckA Jamestown man is in jail facing multiple charges after he led a Sheriff’s Department officer on a high-speed chase which resulted in an accident on Wednesday, October 14.

According to reports, Fentress Co. Chief Deputy Sheriff Gary Ledbetter was sitting just off Highway 154 when he observed a car come by at a high rate of speed.

Sheriff Chucky Cravens reported that Chief Ledbetter pulled out to attempt to stop the vehicle, but the driver of the car fled, passing two other vehicles in a no-passing zone at a high rate of speed, before turning off Hwy. 154 onto the on-ramp to Hwy. 127, where he turned south, traveled to the Hwy. 52 exit, where he turned east, then turned left onto the Round Mountain Road.

The City of Jamestown had the road blocked at the intersection of John Beaty/Stephens Lane with a truck with flashers on and a “Road Closed” sign, but the driver of the fleeing car continued through the barricade to the top of the hill, where another city truck and a backhoe were sitting across the road.

The driver of the car then attempted to stop, skidding some 167 feet before colliding with the parked city pickup truck, driving it into the backhoe, and moving both the truck and backhoe several feet  from the point of impact.

Miraculously, no one was injured in the accident.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Jason William Smith,  30 of 1205 Roanoke Road, Jamestown, was arrested at the scene and taken into custody and later transported to the Fentress County Sheriff’s Department, where he was booked on charges of Felonious Evading Arrest by a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Endangerment, Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Speeding, Passing on Right Shoulder of Roadway, Running a Stop Sign, and Passing in a No-Passing Zone (X2).

Sheriff Cravens said that Mr. Smith was attempting to throw bags of marijuana out of his vehicle, and authorities were able to recover over 14 grams of marijuana in two plastic baggies.

Mr. Smith was incarcerated in the Fentress County Jail under a $50,000 bond, pending a hearing in General Sessions Court.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.