Driver arrested after fleeing from scene of accident


Photo By Rick Harris
Elizabethton firemen and Carter County Rescue Squad members work to remove a woman after the vehicle she was driving struck another car in the rear near the sheriffÕs department according to EPD Officer Mike Commons. She was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com
A 32-year-old man was arrested and charged with multiple offenses Saturday afternoon after he fled from the scene of an accident on Gap Creek Road.
Wayland Dale Hammons, 113 Journeys End Road, was taken into custody after he was located by officers and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, evading arrest and driving on a revoked license. After his arrest, he was also served with a warrant charging him with violation of probation.
Officers were called to respond to an accident on Gap Creek Road just minutes before 4 p.m. on Saturday. According to a report by Carter County Sheriff's Department Lt. B.L. Huffman, when officers arrived on the scene they found two male subjects, Jimmy Barnet and Raggan Sexton, standing next to a vehicle which was on its top in the middle of the road.
"I asked who was driving the vehicle. Both subjects stated that the driver left on foot," Huffman states. "A passerby then told this officer that he saw a white male subject walking up Short Coal Chute Road and he looked like he had been in an accident."
After the tip from the passerby, officers responded to Short Coal Chute Road. After a brief search, Huffman located a male subject matching the description of the driver standing in the yard of a residence on that street. "When I pulled up to the residence where he was, the subject saw me and fled into the woods. I gave pursuit on foot and gave several verbal commands for the subject to stop."
The subject, who was later identified as Hammons, was able to elude pursuing officers in the woods.
Huffman then returned to the scene of the accident and, during an inventory of the vehicle prior to it being towed, the officer found papers in the glove compartment with Hammons' name on them. "Upon returning to the (sheriff's department) I checked the jail file on Wayland Hammons and the photograph in the file was the same subject who fled from the scene," Huffman states in the report.
Hammons was later located by officers and taken into custody. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Sept. 16.