High speed chase ends with crash near Phipps Bend Industrial Park

Jeff Bobo • Nov 26, 2019 at 9:30 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who allegedly crashed near the Phipps Bend Industrial Park after leading police on a high speed chase early Friday morning is facing numerous charges including felony evading arrest.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Michael Godsey stated in his report he was traveling west on Highway 11-W in Surgoinsville around 12:03 a.m. when he observed an eastbound vehicle traveling 95 mph in a 55 mph zone near the North Thurman Lane intersection.

Godsey said he was able to catch up with the vehicle, a 1999 Ford Mustang, at the Phipps Bend Road intersection.

The Mustang was allegedly driven by Brandon Michael Luttrell, 25, 173 Westgate Drive, Mooresburg, who reportedly attempted to slow down, but Godsey said he ran over the concrete median and jumped the intersection, almost striking the guardrail across the highway.

“The vehicle then ran down Phipps Bend Road where I observed the vehicle had lost control and hit a concrete embankment off the roadway and ran into a mailbox,” Godsey stated in his report. “I approached the passenger side of the vehicle where Brandon Michael Luttrell was attempting to exit the vehicle.”

Luttrell then surrendered without resistance. A computer check revealed that his driver’s license was suspended due an earlier charge of failure to appear in Bean Station.

Aside from felony evading arrest, Luttrell was charged with reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, and speeding over 21 mph.

He was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court and released on $2,000 bond. Luttrell’s next appearance in Sessions Court is set for March 16, 2020.