Thursday, July 8, 2010

How Running A Stop Sign Can Turn Into A Felony

A Cookeville man is facing felony evading arrest charges today after a Cookeville police officer allegedly observed him run a stop sign. Sgt. James Harris says it was about 10:30 Tuesday morning when he saw the white Ford Thunderbird run a stop sign at Shipley Street and Stevens Street without even slowing down. He attempted to make a traffic stop, but claims that the driver -- identified as 18-year-old Wiliam Glenn Reagan of Shipley Street, ignored the blue lights and siren and proceeded to "blow through the stop sign at Stevens Street and Walnut Avenue at a high rate of speed and in the oncoming traffic lane." Harris says Reagan then apparently tried to make a right turn into the parking lot area that runs along the side of Panda Garden when he lost control of his vehicle and ended up sliding up over the grass embankment and into the parking lot of Church's Chicken. He claims that Reagan began to flee the scene, but stopped when ordered to get on the ground. In addition to the felony evading charge, he was charged with reckless driving, driving without a license, and violation of the registration law.