Scott County Sheriff’s Office Press Releases

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department was in pursuit of a stolen truck. During the pursuit the driver of the vehicle entered into Scott County then crashed, the suspect, Kevin Dustin Cole was detained by Sullivan County Deputies until Virginia officers arrived. The Scott County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Virginia State Police seized several bags of methamphetamine and marijuana. Cole was charged with Possession of a Schedule II drug with Intent to Distribute (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Burglary Tools.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department was in pursuit of a white Dodge Stratus. The vehicle entered into Scott County on Route 23. Scott County Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to comply. The Virginia State Police along with the Gate City Police Department were contacted and joined the pursuit. Officers continued to pursue the vehicle for several miles. A Scott County Sheriff’s Department deputy deployed their spike strips in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The driver of the Dodge Stratus continued to elude police and intentionally used her vehicle to strike a Virginia State Police patrol car. A rolling roadblock maneuver was used, ending the pursuit. The suspect, Keisha Dawn Staton, was arrested and charged with Assault on Law Enforcement, eluding and Possession of a Schedule II drug (Methamphetamine).
The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department was in pursuit of a stolen vehicle on Stanley Valley Road. Once the driver entered into Virginia, a Scott County Sheriff’s Department deputy deployed their spike strips. All four tires were flattened but the suspect refused to stop. A passenger exited the moving vehicle and was detained by the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department. The suspect then drove his car down a hill near a wooded area and attempted to flee on foot was apprehended by Scott County deputies. Methamphetamine, marijuana and several Klonopin were seized from the vehicle. The suspect, Austin Blake Burchfield, was charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Schedule IV Drug (Klonopin), Possession of Marijuana and Eluding. The passenger that exited the vehicle during the chase was a juvenile and was wanted for Armed Car Jacking in Tennessee.

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