HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – The Tennessee Highway Patrol tells News Channel 11 a man is behind bars after carjacking a vehicle and leading troopers on a chase on Interstate 81 in Northeast Tennessee.
Troopers received a report of a crash with no injuries around 10 a.m. near mile marker 44 in Fall Branch, TN. The crash happened in the median of Interstate 81 in Greene County.
Troopers say the suspect left the scene of the accident and crashed near mile marker 44.
The driver of the car then attempted to stop interstate traffic and at one time jumped on the hood of a car, assaulted its driver and carjacked the car.
The suspect then fled to exit 30 where a trooper began to chase the stolen car.
The pursuit continued on Highway 70 in Rogersville.
Troopers say they tried to spike the car, but their attempt was unsuccessful.
Rogersville police took over the pursuit and used their “patrol vehicles to make contact” with the car and end the pursuit.
Rogersville Police Chief Doug Nelson said the suspect vehicle was stopped on Highway 70 a short distance from Main Street in Rogersville. Nelson said one police officer tried to pass the suspect but he swerved into him, causing both vehicles to spin out. Two other police officers finally forced the driver into a nearby field.
There were no reported injuries.
“Luckily nobody was hurt,” Nelson said. “It was a good thing, not even him.”
Latitus A. White, 27 of Lebanon, TN, was taken into custody and faces the following charges from THP:
- Car Jacking
- Leaving the scene
- Failure to report crash
- Two counts of Assault
- Felony evading by Motor Vehicle
- Reckless Endangerment
- Implied consent
Nelson said his agency was charging White with felony reckless endangerment and felony evading arrest. Other charges may be pending.
According to Nelson, White was being held in the Hawkins County jail.
Investigators are still gathering reports from witnesses. This case remains under investigation.