Hawkins crash in allegedly stolen car results in multiple felony charges

Jeff Bobo • May 7, 2019 at 12:06 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Grainger County man who allegedly led Hawkins County officers on a 120 mph chase in a stolen car last week before crashing into a fence in Mooresburg is facing several charges, including illegal gun possession.

Donald Jessie “D.J.” Wilder, 21, 230 Campbell Drive, Bean Station, was arraigned Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court for felony evading arrest, possession of stolen property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony vandalism, driving on a revoked license and evading arrest by foot.

As of Monday, Wilder was being held in the Hawkins County Jail on $50,000 bond with his preliminary hearing set for May 15.

On the afternoon for April 29, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Eric Pease reportedly observed a 2001 Nissan Maxima driven by Wilder fail to stop for a stop sign on Watterson Street in Rogersville.

When Pease attempted a traffic stop on Highway 11-W, Wilder allegedly accelerated westbound toward Bean Station, reaching approximately 120 mph.

Wilder attempted to turn onto Melinda Ferry Road but was unable to make the turn and reportedly went through the median into the path of oncoming traffic, eventually turning into Lake Forrest Road subdivision.

Eventually Wilder made it back onto 11-W heading toward Bean Station before turning onto Old 11-W, where he allegedly ran a stop sign at the Route 31 intersection and nearly hit a bus.

Upon reaching Highway 11-W again, Wilder reportedly crossed the highway and crashed into fencing on property near the highway, causing about $2,000 worth of damage.

The vehicle continued through a field where Wilder allegedly threw a .45 caliber High Point pistol out of the car, stopped and led police on a foot chase before being arrested on Futuristic Road in Mooresburg.

The vehicle was determined to be stolen and was released to the Hamblen County Sheriff's Office.

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