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Tazewell Police: Driver still at large after police chase

Bert L. Beeler has multiple warrants issued for his arrest, according to the Tazewell Police Department

TAZEWELL, Tenn. — The Tazewell Police Department is looking for a man who led officers on a car chase Monday night. 

Around 10:15 p.m., Officer Cindy Taylor was dispatched to U.S. Highway 25E. in the Dogwood Heights area of Tazewell in reference to a reckless driver. 

Upon arrival, Officer Taylor said she saw a red SUV traveling at a high rate of speed with no tail lights and pulling a trailer with no lights.

Officer Taylor tried to conduct a traffic stop but the driver fled, police said.

According to a Facebook post by Tazewell Police, the vehicle traveled through both Tazewell and New Tazewell at a high rate of speed. 

The driver, identified as Bert L. Beeler, 56, of Union County, continued driving recklessly, and go into oncoming traffic, police said.

The chase went into Union County where units of that area deployed spike strips on Hickory Valley Road. 

Police said the driver abruptly took a left turn into the Breadbox Market parking lot traveling behind the building and through residents' yards until finally crashing at the intersection of Seymour Lane and Hickory Valley Road. 

Beeler fled on foot while the passenger, identified as Dustin Hollis, 26, of White Bluff, was arrested, police said.

Officer Taylor said she found drugs and the vehicle was packed full of tools. 

Multiple warrants have been issued for Beeler's arrest.

Hollis was charged with possession of schedule II drugs, unlawful drug paraphernalia, and possession of schedule VI drugs.

The New Tazewell Police Department, the Claiborne County Sheriff's Office, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol assisted with the case.

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