Two charged after multi-county police chase, crash in stolen vehicle

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Johnson City Police Department officers arrested two people Wednesday who reportedly crashed a stolen vehicle into two other vehicles while trying evade police.

According to a JCPD news release, investigators found a stolen vehicle out of Raleigh, N.C. parked in the parking lot at Walmart on West Market Street around 9:30 a.m.

Investigators said two people were inside the vehicle and when they approached, the driver started the vehicle and sped away.

According to the release, the vehicle traveled from Johnson City into Elizabethton, where Elizabethton Police Department officers and Carter County Sheriff’s Office deputies saw the vehicle and tried to conduct a stop.

The vehicle continued to evade officers and ended up back in Johnson City, where it crashed into two other vehicles at the intersection of Main and Legion streets.

The two people inside the vehicle — later identified as Mark Buckingham, III, 32, of Hanover, PA, and Marlene Alfonso, 20, of Lakewood, CO — tried to run away from the crash, but were apprehended.

Buckingham was taken to the Johnson City Medical Center for a possible head injury, but he has since been released. Alfonso was not injured in the crash.

No one in the other two vehicles involved in the crash were injured.

Buckingham was charged with possession of stolen property over $1,000, felony evading arrest and aggravated assault. He was taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where he was being held on $60,000 bond.

Alfonso was charged with possession of stolen property over $1,000. She was taken to the detention center, where she was being held on $5,000 bond.

Both Buckingham and Alfonso were scheduled to be arraigned in Sessions Court Thursday at 9 a.m.

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