A convicted felon from Hamblen County who allegedly led deputies on an alcohol-fueled, high-speed chase – with his 5-year-old daughter as a passenger – before ramming two cruisers Tuesday night faces numerous charges after the pursuit came to a combative end at his home on Greene Road.
James Luke Moore’s 5-year-old daughter was uninjured, but the 33-year-old defendant will have to post a $113,000 bond.
With his daughter as a ride-along, Moore was cruising the roads of East Hamblen County, allegedly burglarizing vehicles when opportunity presented itself.
One of those opportunities included a Jeep Wrangler that belongs to Jimmy Mullins, a detective with the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department, according to HCSD Detective David Sgt. David Stapleton.
The first contact between Moore and deputies occurred after deputies were dispatched to investigate a burglary at Mullins’ home on Old Kentucky Road. Mullins had a video of Moore exiting a silver Honda Accord and trying to burglarize Mullins’ vehicle.
A deputy spotted the suspect vehicle and the chase was on, but the pursuit, which involved Lt. David Cribley and Sgt. John Harvey, didn’t last long. They backed off after Moore allegedly reached speeds approaching 100 mph, according to a warrant.
Calls continued to come in to 911 dispatchers, including one that the Honda had pulled into a driveway on Old Kentucky Road near the intersection with Hinkle Road. That’s when authorities learned Moore’s daughter was a passenger. Deputies ordered Moore to exit the vehicle, directions the defendant ignored, according to a warrant.
Moore then allegedly punched Harvey in the face and sped away, striking two cruisers before fleeing a second time. Moore dropped his daughter off at their residence on Greene Road, where the chase ended.
When the deputies yanked Moore from the car, he allegedly fought and resisted being cuffed, but was eventually subdued and taken into custody, according to a warrant.
Moore, who smelled of alcohol, reported he had consumed “some shots of alcohol,” according to a warrant.
He faces charges aggravated child neglect, aggravated vehicular assault, two counts of felony evading arrest, second offense DUI and assault on an officer in connection with the chase.
He’s also charged with two counts of auto burglary and one count of attempted auto burglary.
In 2013, Moore was given an eight-year probationary sentence after he was convicted of felony possession of cocaine, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction, which reports his court supervision was scheduled to end in October 2021.