Two men who wrecked twice while eluding a Bedford County deputy early Saturday were arrested on multiple charges.
Bernie Austin Rogers, 18, of Springdale Avenue and Dakota Bastian Holder, 18, of Spring Street in Wartrace allegedly ran away after the crashes and were found two hours later at a nearby home.
Deputy David Burns said he saw a Toyota Camry occupied by the two parked on the side of State Highway 64 with its emergency flashers on shortly after 2 a.m. Rogers, who told Burns he was driving, allegedly sped away as Burns approached and was paced at 85 mph on nearby Horse Mountain Road.
Rogers pulled into a field and turned the car’s engine off, Burns said,
“He restarted the car and did a U-turn. He drove directly in my direction and narrowly missed my patrol car,” Burns said in his report. Burns chose not to pursue Rogers and Holder but drove toward Shelbyville in the car’s direction.
Rogers drove through a fence and into a field just outside Shelbyville but came back out and headed away from the city on Horse Mountain Road as Burns passed. A short time later Rogers drove through another fence, Burns said. This time Rogers and Holder allegedly ran into a wooded area and disappeared.
A state trooper was able to determine Rogers was the driver. Burns was able to confirm Rogers’ identity from a photo.
The pair allegedly broke into a residence on Horse Mountain Road and reappeared later in the night knocking on the door of another nearby home. They were mud-covered and asking for a blanket. Burns responded to a call from the resident and recognized the men on the porch as the ones he’d seen running earlier.
Rogers told Burns he ran because he didn’t have a license and was told to do so by his father. Holder allegedly said he ran out of loyalty to his friend and because he thought he would be in trouble for Rogers’ speeding.
Rogers was charged with DUI, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, not giving immediate notice of an accident, evading on foot, evading by motor vehicle, theft of property, vandalism, burglary and aggravated burglary. He was held on $46,500 bond.
Holder was charged with evading arrest, aggravated burglary, burglary, theft of property under $1,000 and vandalism under $1,000. He was held on $5,000 bond.