Suspect in botched ATV thefts was wanted for Hawkins jail escape

Jeff Bobo • Jul 31, 2019 at 8:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The second of two suspects in botched back-to-back attempted four-wheeler thefts last Wednesday was arrested by the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office early the next morning, although at the time he was already wanted for escape.

Vincent Brandon Ryan Weston, 31, 922 Route 70-N, Rogersville, was sentenced in April in Hawkins County Sessions Court to 30 days in jail and a year on probation for meth possession, driving on a revoked license and registration violation.

At the time of that April sentencing, he was already on probation after pleading guilty in Hawkins County Sessions Court in January to two counts of DUI, two counts of driving on a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of driving without insurance.

Earlier this month Weston was serving time in the Hawkins County Jail on two counts of probation violation and two counts of failure to appear when he was granted a furlough to be released from the Hawkins County Jail on July 11 at 8 a.m. under the condition that he return to jail at 6 p.m.

Weston didn't return to jail, and a misdemeanor escape warrant was issued for him on July 17.

Weston is accused of being among two men who participated in two attempted four-wheeler thefts on the morning of July 24.

Around 6:42 a.m. that morning, Weston and Nicholas Shane Hoard, 22, 1323 Jarvis Road, Rogersville, allegedly attempted to steal a four-wheeler from a residence on Henard Road just south of Rogersville.

They were spotted by a witness who reported a “theft in progress” to the HCSO. The suspects abandoned the attempt after getting the four-wheeler, which had been secured by locked cable under a porch, as far as the victim's driveway.

Their second attempt occurred about an hour and a half later on Everhart Road in the Persia community, but it failed when the suspects got their pickup stuck in a ditch after dragging the four-wheeler about 25 feet with a chain.

Hoard was detained at the scene by neighbors until the HCSO arrived. Weston fled on foot.

Weston was arrested by the HCSO at his home shortly after midnight Thursday morning.

He was arraigned Monday in Sessions Court on the escape charge, as well as aggravated burglary, two counts of theft over $1,000 and vandalism.

Weston was ordered held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond pending a preliminary hearing set for Aug. 19.

Hoard was arraigned Monday on the attempted ATV theft charges as well, and his bond was set at $5,000. Hoard will also next appear in court on Aug. 19.

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