Man charged with child endangerment after fleeing police

A Morristown man was arrested Monday night when he tried to run from law enforcement and wrecked his car with an 11-year-old child inside.

David Lynn Yount, 25, of Old Kentucky Road, faces charges of possession of Schedule II drugs for resale, possession of Schedule VI drugs, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to an affidavit, around 7 p.m. two Hamblen County deputies with the Narcotics Vice Unit saw Yount driving a silver Chevrolet Malibu on East Morris Boulevard.

The deputies knew Yount was driving on a suspended license, so they tried to pull him over, the affidavit said.

Yount took off on U.S. Highway 25E, heading north, and refused to stop, authorities said.

He turned onto Morelock Road, with deputies pursuing, and lost control of his car, crashing into a nearby field.

He was arrested and deputies found an 11-year-old girl inside.

Hamblen County EMS checked out the child and returned her to her mother.

Authorities said they smelled marijuana inside the car and found two bags of pot, some half smoked marijuana cigarettes, a black key box with methamphetamine, a cut straw and a syringe.

Yount is being held in the Hamblen County Jail on a $15,000 bond.