CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – In the early hours of last Wednesday, two cars were traveling in opposite directions on a south Campbell County road. The problem comes in in that both cars were in the same lane.
Campbell County Sheriff’s Sgt. Timothy Powers was on patrol at 2am on Oak Grove Road when a car was headed toward his cruiser at a high rate of speed, the report said. Powers said a white four door Buick Regal GS approached a curve the same time he did forcing the sergeant off the road.
Powers turned around and pursued the Buick using lights and siren. The Buick was driven by 45-year- old Telisha Leanne Phipps of Rocky Top.
Once the sergeant activated his emergency lights and siren, Phipps allegedly accelerated attempting to evade the officer all the while continuing to travel in the wrong lane negotiating curves at high rates of speed. Based on the report from the sheriff’s office, Phipps pulled into the driveway of her home at 3039 Oak Grove Road sliding and striking the corner of her house.
The vehicle pursuit turned into a foot chase as Phipps got out of her Buick and ran behind her house as Powers announced himself several times trying to get her to stop. Powers soon caught up with Phipps in her front yard where she was apprehended.
Phipps was charged with felony evading arrest, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, evading arrest, driving while revoked, violation of the registration law and violation of the Tennessee financial law. According to jail records, Phipps remains housed this morning in the Campbell County Jail on a $20,000 secured bond and is due in court on March 29.(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/23/2022-6AM)