2 charged after 3-county chase ends near Grainger County High School

RUTLEDGE, Tenn. (WATE) - Four people were taken into custody after a three-county police chase Thursday afternoon that ended in Grainger County.

The Hancock County sheriff says two men and two women were arrested after the chase that started in Hancock County, went through Claiborne County and then in to Grainger. The suspects are reported to have stolen a motorcycle and pickup truck in Hancock County before ditching them and taking off in another vehicle.

When authorities caught up to the car, one of the deputies bumped the vehicle, which crashed into a Bean Station Police Department car before coming to a stop.

When officers searched the car, they found a pistol-grip 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun.

Kelly R. Jessee, 36, of New Tazewell, faces charges of evading arrest, driving on a revoked license, reckless driving and possession of a firearm by a felon. Collin D. Hilbert, 30, of Bardstown, Kentucky, was wanted for vehicle theft in Kentucky. He is charged with being a fugitive from justice. 

The two women were not charged and later released.

Deputies from Hancock, Claiborne and Grainger counties were involved, as well as the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Bean Station police.

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