A Cocke County couple face charges following a Friday evening pursuit which began on Dark Hollow Road in Cocke County and ended in a crash.
Cocke County Deputy James Cupp said he observed David Michael Banks Jr., 30, Summer House Hollow Road, Del Rio, driving without a seat belt and he attempted a traffic stop. Banks took off “at a high rate of speed.”
The officer said the 2001 Toyota was traveling recklessly and at speeds of 75 to 80 miles per hour on the two-lane, windy road. The passenger door opened but slammed shut during the pursuit prior to the vehicle crashing.
After the crash, Banks fled on foot. After ignoring commands to halt, Cupp deployed his K9 Narco. The dog bit Banks on the stomach taking him to the ground. The subject was ordered to lie on the ground but when he again tried to run away, Banks was bitten a second time by the dog, causing a small laceration to his eye.
The passenger, Ashley Banks, 27, of the same address, complied when she was told to lie on the ground. She was wanted on two warrants charging her with probation violations. Ms. Banks told officers she wanted to leave the vehicle during the pursuit but the driver would not allow her to leave.
First Call EMS examined David Banks at the scene. He was then was jailed on charges of kidnapping, felony reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license, evading arrest and resisting stop/halt.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol was called to the scene to investigate the crash.
The agency’s report says Banks was actively fleeing from Cupp when he lost control in a curve. When the auto left the roadway it struck a fence line, and then a utility pole before coming to rest in a field. The THP charged Banks with driving on a revoked license, no insurance, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to exercise due care.