An early Thursday morning car chase ended with the arrest of two people, one of whom officers say tried to evade arrest by plunging himself in the frigid Watauga River. Johnson County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a breaking and entering at the Shady Valley General Store at around 2:30 a.m after an eyewitness reported seeing the subjects flee by motor vehicle on Highway 91 towards Carter County.

“Deputies then came in contact with the described vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on said vehicle,” reported Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece. “The vehicle would not comply to a traffic stop and therefore began to continue on Highway 91 in a reckless manner into Carter County.”
Elizabethton Police officers were able stop the subjects after utilizing “spike strips,” thus causing two flat tires on the subject motor vehicle. “One the vehicle made stop, two male subjects fled the vehicle and began to run on foot,” said Sheriff Reece. “Both subjects were eventually taken into custody with the assistance of the Elizabethton Police Department’s K-9 unit.”

Arrested were 25 year-old David A. Gregg of Blountville along with 21 year-old Austin Haynes of Piney Flats, Tennessee. The pair are facing numerous charges in connection with the chase and are currently incarcerated at the Carter County Jail.