Kingsport man facing charges in Church Hill incident

A Kingsport man is facing a slew of motor and drug charges in an incident Sunday afternoon on Goshen Valley Road in Church Hill.

According to a report by Deputy Billy Begley of the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, a 2002 Honda sports bike operated by Brian Anthony Kelly, 43, of Kingsport, passed a truck in a double yellow line in a curve southbound on Goshen Valley Road. When Begley attempted to make a traffic stop on the bike, Kelly traveled 60 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone. Kelly then turned east onto Grassy Creek Road where he went into a field, then got back onto Grassy Creek Road and turned south onto Early Branch Road. Kelly passed a stop sign at Beech Creek Road, also known as State Highway 347, turning east. After Kelly passed Van Hill Road, Begley terminated the chase due to the THP working another wreck near the Hawkins-Sullivan County border.

As Begley continued east on state Route 347, he was later notified by Hawkins County Central Dispatch that the Tennessee Highway Patrol had Kelly and the motorcycle in custody just inside the Sullivan County line.

Trooper Chris Vaughan, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, stated that the sports bike attempted to drive through the crash scene he was working at the border. Vaughan tackled Kelly at the border. Kelly had an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath, exhibited slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet.

Vaughan was able to recover two glass pipes used to ingest narcotics and a glass container with 8.4 grams of meth. The motor bike was not registered, nor had insurance. Tracy Benton was standing outside her vehicle due to the road being blocked. She said that Kelly almost hit her as she was trying to warn him about the wreck.

Kelly is charged with overtaking vehicle on the left, speeding 21 miles over the posted speed limit, passing a stop sign, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, driving on revoked license, driving an unregistered vehicle, violation of financial responsibility, evading arrest by motor vehicle, driving under the influence, possession/manufacture/sale of meth, driving while in possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kelly is in the Hawkins County Jail awaiting arraignment.