Man accused of assaulting ex at Surgoinsville campsite leads police on high speed chase

Jeff Bobo • Jul 11, 2018 at 5:30 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — A Kingsport man is facing numerous charges including aggravated assault and felony evading arrest after allegedly attempting to drag his ex-girlfriend into his truck Monday morning, and, after she escaped, leading police on a high speed chase.

At 9:47 a.m., Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Billy Begley responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a campsite on Williams Road near the Holston River.

A 37-year-old woman from Gate City told Begley she was camping with friends when her ex-boyfriend, Michael Allen Ellis, 32, 522 Fairview Lane, Kingsport, showed up apparently under the influence.

She stated that Ellis was “talking out of his head and hearing things” and that he hit her in the mouth.

Her friends told Ellis to leave, which he did, but the friends then left on a boat a short time later, after which Ellis returned.

The woman stated that Ellis grabbed her by the shirt and neck, and dragged her to his pickup, choking her. He then allegedly threw her into the truck and tossed her phone into the river.

She stated she was able to get out of the truck, find another phone, and call 911.

Begley said he observed red marks on her neck, as well as red and blue spots on her side where she was injured after being thrown into the truck.

At 9:53 a.m., Surgoinsville Police Department Chief James Hammonds received a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a red F-150 pickup hauling a load of tires in the bed.

Four minutes later, that truck passed him eastbound on 11-W near the Phipps Bend Road intersection.

When Hammonds attempted a traffic stop, Ellis allegedly accelerated, and then made a sharp left turn onto Fudges Chapel Road, forcing oncoming traffic to stop to avoid a collision.

Ellis then allegedly ran a stop sign on Country Lane and continued north on Elm Springs Road, where he was using both lanes of traffic to maintain control of the pickup.

Ellis then led Hammonds from Old Union Road to Woodlawn Lane, where he ran stop sign, and then onto Carters Valley Road, where Hammonds terminated the pursuit due to Ellis’ “disregard for safety of himself or others.”

Around 10:40 a.m., HCSO Sgt. Jeremy Nash responded to a report of a man hiding in a ditch on Stanley Valley Road. Ellis was apprehended while walking along the roadway there near where he had abandoned his pickup at Jenkins Chapel Church.

Hammonds charged Ellis with felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license 6th offense, two stop sign violations, no insurance and failure to stop for blue lights.

The HCSO charged Ellis with aggravated assault, and he had a pending fugitive from justice warrant as well.

As of Tuesday, Ellis was being held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond pending arraignment set for Tuesday in Sessions Court.

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