Fugitive caught after car chase

Published 11:26 am Monday, January 22, 2018

A multi-car pursuit has lead to the arrest of a Kentucky fugitive and a local man on multiple charges.

According to Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray, the car pursuit began in Hancock County, Tennessee, when officers there responded to a complaint of a stolen vehicle. The fleeing vehicle entered Claiborne County on U.S. 33N where it was intercepted by Det. Eric Fraley and other officers from the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office.

Police state they pursued the vehicle southeast on U.S. 25E where it entered Grainger County. There, officers of the Grainger County Sheriff’s Department and the Bean Station Police Department joined the pursuit.

According to reports, the chase ended on U.S. 11W near Rutledge, Tennessee, when Fraley “bumped” the fleeing vehicle, causing it to come to a halt after crashing into a Bean Station Police Department unit.

The police also state the fleeing vehicle was driven by Kelly R. Jessee, 36, of New Tazewell. Also in the car was Collin D. Hilbert, 20, of Bardstown. He is wanted there for felony vehicle theft. Two females who were in the vehicle were not charged and later released.

During the search of the vehicle, officers allegedly found a pistol-grip 12-gauge sawed off shotgun. Both Jessee and Hilbert are being held in the Claiborne County Jail. Jessee is charged with felony evading arrest, driving on revoked drivers license, reckless driving and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Hilbert is charged with being a fugitive from justice from the state of Kentucky. No one was injured during this incident. Sheriff Ray thanks the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Grainger County Sheriff’s Department and Bean Station Police Department in assisting in apprehending these dangerous individuals.

In other police news:

•David J. Abbott, 46, of Middlesboro, was arrested on Jan. 22 by a Bell County Constable on a charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

• Timothy Cole, 18, of Middlesboro, was arrested on Jan. 21 by Middlesboro Police Department Officer Edward Dray on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia.

• Jordan Partin, 25, of Middlesboro, was arrested on Jan. 2o by MPD Officer Jeremiah Johnson on five counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, one count of third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and trafficking in marijuana.