By Nathan Baker
Two adults face felony charges after police said they led Elizabethton officers on a brief chase Friday afternoon, then abandoned the vehicle they were driving, leaving behind a 7-year-old girl and suspected methamphetamine lab components.
Benjamin Dale Pearson, 36, and Christy Marie Pearson-Grimmett, 33, were arrested and charged with a laundry list of offenses, including evading arrest, aggravated child abuse and methamphetamine charges.
Elizabethton Police Department Patrol Officer Sarah Ellison said she pulled up to an apparent vehicle accident at approximately 12:45 p.m. Friday in front of the traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 19E and Siam Road.
As her patrol car neared the involved vehicles, Ellison said one of them, a white Jeep Cherokee, pulled away and headed up Siam Road at a high rate of speed.
Ellison pursued the Jeep up Siam Road, then followed as it turned onto Virginia Avenue.
The officer said the vehicle pulled into the driveway of a house in the 800 block of the street and a male and female, who police later identified as Pearson and Grimmett, bailed out of the vehicle and ran into the house’s back yard.
“I chased them down, and by the time I got to them, they were about to go over the top of a hill,” Ellison said. “He was refusing commands and digging in his pockets, so I held them at gunpoint until backup arrived.”
After taking them into custody, the officers said they found a young girl who was riding with them and noted a familiar smell coming from the vehicle.