Police chase with child in backseat nets Hawkins teen 10 charges

Jeff Bobo • Sep 20, 2019 at 11:16 AM

BULLS GAP — A Hawkins County teen who allegedly fled a traffic stop Wednesday in Bulls Gap, traveling 80 mph in a 30 mph zone with an unrestrained child in the backseat, is facing 10 charges including two counts of child endangerment.

The second child endangerment charge stems from a 17-year-old female passenger who was also in the vehicle at the time.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Allen reportedly spotted a 1998 Toyota Corolla with only one headlight turn from Highway 11-E onto Route 66-S in Bulls Gap.

Allen stated in his report that when he attempted a traffic stop in the nearby Family Dollar store parking lot, the driver — later identified as 19-year-old Patrick Sydney Parrigan — allegedly sped away at a high rate of speed.

Parrigan allegedly fled north on Route 66-S, reaching 80 mph in an 30 mph zone.

“The driver traveled across the center line several times, and then traveled through a blind curve on the wrong side of the road with blatant disregard for public safety,” Allen stated in his report. “The vehicle then turned right onto Guthries Gap Road where it jumped the railroad tracks and almost flipped. The driver then stopped and stuck his hands out of the vehicle in order to give up.”

Allen added, “Upon approaching the vehicle I observed there was a very young male child sitting in the backseat crying, and a young female sitting in the passenger seat.”

Allen reportedly found a marijuana grinder under the driver’s seat.

Parrigan, 291 Lautner Road, Bulls Gap, was arrested and charged with two counts of reckless endangerment of a child, reckless driving, speeding 80 in a 30 zone, child restrain violation, possession of drug paraphernalia, no insurance, open title, headlight violation, and driving left of center.

The child’s mother was called and she picked up both the boy and the female juvenile.

As of Thursday, Parrigan was being held in the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond pending arraignment set for Monday in Sessions Court.