Suspects Captured at Gunpoint

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Two Kentucky men are in Scott County custody and ten ounces of suspected methamphetamine have been recovered following a two-day investigation that began with a high-speed police chase.

William Joseph Brown,28, and Joshua Keith Grigsby, 27, were found in Robbins at a local convenience store and arrested at gunpoint on January 11 by Drug Agent Kris Lewallen, Scott County Sherriff’s Office, and Drug Agent, Bill Miller, Oneida Police Department. Both individuals were wanted on charges filed by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper, Stephen Barclay, stemming from an incident the day prior.

Barclay initially encountered the individuals on January 10 traveling on Interstate 75 near the Oak Ridge exit. Noting the vehicle going in excess of 40 miles per hour over the legal speed limit, Barclay attempted to initiate a traffic stop. According to Lewallen, the two led Barclay on a high -speed chase, reaching 110 miles per hour at times, throwing “possible evidence” out the window as they drove. When the vehicle exited at the 141 traveling west on highway 63 members of The Scott County Sherriff’s Department got involved.

According to the arrest warrant filed by Barclay, the drivers showed no regard for other traffic on US HWY 27, as they began passing other cars in a no passing zone and driving westbound in the eastbound

Lewallen, the two led Barclay on a high -speed chase, reaching 110 miles per hour at times, throwing “possible evidence” out the window as they drove. When the vehicle exited at the 141 traveling west on highway 63 members of The Scott County Sherriff’s Department got involved.

According to the arrest warrant filed by Barclay, the drivers showed no regard for other traffic on US HWY 27, as they began passing other cars in a no passing zone and driving westbound in the eastbound lane. At one point, the assailants allegedly almost collided with two Scott County patrol cars with their lights and sirens activated.  The erratic driving behavior and reckless speeds continued throughout the chase finally ending in Robbins on State Route Hwy 52. Unprepared for the curves of 52, the vehicle chase ended abruptly.

“The drivers weren’t prepared for the curves of 52, and went airborne,” Lewallen stated. “They both fled on foot at that point.”

After fleeing on foot, an extensive search was conducted throughout the night, but the men were not found. Investigation of the vehicle recovered ten ounces of suspected methamphetamine, 15 round pills thought to be Percocet, and two roaches.

Leading up to the arrest, Detective Randy Lewallen, Scott County Sherriff’s Office, received information that the duo was soliciting rides back to their hometown, from their current location of Robbins. Receipt of the intel, sparked a search of the area. Drug Agents Lewallen and Miller located the individuals arresting them at gunpoint. Assisting them were; Detectives Randy Lewallen, Abby Duncan, and Lisa Anderson; Officers Tony Jones, Lee Johnson, and Marvin Buttram; Chief Deputy Tommy Silcox; Sergeant Danny Phillips; and Drug Interdiction Officer Keith Hawkins.

Officers recovered 509 dollars from the individuals upon apprehension. Brown admitted to driving the vehicle during the escapade with his passenger Grigsby. Grigsby reportedly told officers he and Brown were making a run for ice that day, and the cash was for food and gas

Grigsby was charged with simple possession, possession of meth for resale, possession of a schedule two, and evading arrest. Brown was charged with simple possession, possession of schedule two meth for resale, possession of schedule two, evading arrest by motor vehicle, speeding, failure to maintain, improper passing, and reckless endangerment.