A Kingsport woman faces multiple charges in connection to incidents stemming from her attempt to elude authorities on Aug. 12, including driving her truck into the Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse garden center in Kingsport.
Brooke Ann Begley, 28, of Barnett Drive, Kingsport, was charged with driving on roadways laned for traffic, evading arrest by vehicle, evading arrest by foot, resisting arrest, speeding, passing a red light, driving on a revoked/suspended license, driving under the influence, failure to provide proof of financial responsibility, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence.
According to a report filed by Deputy Hunter Clay Jones, of the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, he was traveling eastbound on West Main Boulevard when observed a transaction between a man and woman near the intersection of West Main Boulevard and Gray Brothers Road. After the woman left the area in the 2002 GMC Sonoma pickup truck, the vehicle traveled on West Main Boulevard before it turned east on U.S. Highway 11W. Jones saw the truck weave within the lane and crossed inside the white line.
Jones activated his emergency lights at the intersection of U.S. 11W and Hammond Avenue, but the truck didn’t stop. The siren was activated at which time the truck accelerated, continuing onto West Stone Drive inside the Kingsport city limits. The truck ran the red light at U.S. 11W and Lewis Lane going 93 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. There was no other eastbound traffic until Deneen Lane. Sgt. Bobby Moffitt, of the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, requested that Central Dispatch notify Lt. Todd Larkins, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The truck turned left onto Deneen lane, but failed to maintain control and ran off the right side of the roadway. After overcorrecting, the truck struck a Honda sport utility vehicle in the driver’s side middle. Jones observed the truck wouldn’t be able to continue for a long distance due to heavy damage in its front. The truck turned right into the Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse parking lot. The driver failed to maintain control of the truck and struck a parked Honda automobile in the passenger side. The truck continued a short distance where is also struck a parked Ford SUV. The truck continued at a very low speed until striking the front flower section of Lowe’s garden center. A woman jumped from the truck and ran into the Lowe’s store.
Jones advised Begley to stop running, but she refused. Jones employed a taser device and she went to the ground. After a brief struggle, the woman was placed into custody.
A search of the truck resulted in seven hypodermic needles, a mirror with a white powdery substance, a set of digital scales, a spoon with a white powder residue and burn marks, and a methamphetamine pipe.
Begley said she had eaten a large amount of heroin and pills while fleeing. She then started showing signs of an overdose and also stated she had eaten dog food. She was taken by Sullivan County Emergency Medical Services to Ballad Health Holston Valley Medical Center.
A records check showed that her driving status was revoked for failure to satisfy fines and costs in regards to an offense in 2012 in Washington County. She was also unable to provide proof of insurance for the truck.