South Scott pursuit ends with crash


HUNTSVILLE — A Jacksboro woman is in custody locally after leading law enforcement on a pursuit through southern Scott County.

Amber Garrett, 24, of Jacksboro, faces a litany of charges in Scott County following the April 23 pursuit.

The pursuit began when Scott County Sheriff’s Department Drug Agent Kris Lewallen attempted to stop Garrett for a registration violation.

Allegedly, Garrett led law enforcement officers on a chase throughout southern Scott County, where she “committed a barrage of traffic offenses as well as trying to use her vehicle as a weapon to hit Agent Lewallen,” the Sheriff’s Department wrote in a report of the incident.

The pursuit ended on Sheep Ranch Road southwest of Robbins after Garrett lost control of her car. The Sheriff’s Department said the crash was the result of Garrett’s excessive speed.

Garrett attempted to flee her vehicle on foot, but was apprehended by Lewallen.

Assisting Lewallen were SCSD deputy Daniel Garrett, Sgt. Paul D. Adkins and criminal interdiction officer Keith Hawkins.

Garrett was charged with felony evading arrest, aggravated assault on a police officer, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, resisting arrest, violation of the registration law, resisting stop-frisk-haul law, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, vandalism, failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, attempted escape, violation of the traffic control device law, unnecessary acceleration, driving left of center, failure to maintain the proper lane, improper lane change and violation of probation.

A preliminary hearing on the charges was set for yesterday (Wednesday) in Scott County General Sessions Court. Garrett will appear before Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton on May 19 on the probation violation charge.