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Police pursuit ends with crash on Main Street

A 24-year-old Chuckey man faces multiple charges after crashing his car onto its side on Main Street in Jonesborough on Feb. 3.
A Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy was monitoring traffic on Highway 11E around 10:45 p.m. Friday when he spotted a Mitsubishi Montero traveling west with only one working headlight.
According to authorities, the deputy followed the vehicle as it turned onto Persimmon Ridge Road, then attempted to pull over the automobile.
Police say William Derrick Duncan, 1715 Sandbar Road, Chuckey, was driving the car and refused to stop for the officer.
“The driver continued, never getting over a speed of 30 miles per hour,” WCSO Capt. Mark Page said. “(The officer) thought they were trying to pull over, but the driver never stopped and then turned onto Main Street.”
As Duncan traveled down Main Street, he suddenly drove onto the sidewalk in front of the old courthouse and struck a tree, Page said. The car then crashed into a light pole and landed back on the street, on the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Duncan was charged with his second driving under the influence offense, evading arrest, two counts of reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Duncan suffered non life-threatening injuries in the wreck and was admitted to an area hospital for treatment. Following his release, Duncan was transported to the Washington County Detention Center. He was scheduled to appear in court this week.
The passengers in the vehicle — Sherri Lewis, 33, and Dustin Robinson, 21, both of Greeneville — were not charged in the incident. Neither Lewis nor Robinson were injured in the crash.