Woman who fled traffic stop with child sentenced to probation

Jeff Bobo • Mar 6, 2019 at 8:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County woman was sentenced to probation Monday after refusing to pull over for a traffic stop early Saturday morning with her 12-year-old child in the vehicle during a beer run which ended in a foot pursuit.

Brandy Michelle Harold, 35, 190 Collins Drive, Church Hill, had reportedly gone to buy beer shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday morning with her daughter in the vehicle.

Harold was returning home, reportedly with an open can of beer, when she fled a Tennessee Highway Patrol traffic stop initiated because she allegedly crossed the center line.

On Monday, Harold pleaded guilty in Hawkins County Sessions Court to misdemeanors including reckless endangerment, evading arrest on foot and no insurance.

Felony evading arrest was dismissed, as well as possession of an open alcohol container and improper lane usage.

Trooper Dylan Reid stated in his report that he was traveling on Central Avenue and Carters Valley Road in Church Hill around 12:55 a.m. Saturday when he observed a vehicle cross the double center lines multiple times.

A traffic stop was initiated on Carters Valley Road near the Okolona Road intersection, but the vehicle turned onto Okolona and reportedly showed no signs of stopping.

Even after Reid turned on his sire the vehicle didn't stop, and Reid observed the vehicle was exceeding the speed limit during the pursuit.

The vehicle eventually turned onto Collins Road, and came to stop in a grass yard where the driver, later identified as Harold, exited the vehicle and ran into the woods.

Harold left her 12-year-old child in the front passenger seat.

Harold was later arrested, and upon being questioned by Reid, reportedly stated she took a couple drinks of beer before the traffic stop. Harold reportedly stated she was scared of being arrested for DUI and wanted to get her daughter home first.

Harold admitted she'd just purchased a three-pack of Bud Light from a market in Church Hill,and one open can of Bud Light was found in the car.

In exchange for her guilty pleas Monday Harold was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of probation, 96 hours of community service, and ordered to pay $770 in fines and fees.