A 43-year-old Townsend woman is in the Monroe County Jail on a slew of charges after allegedly leading law enforcement agencies on a pursuit from Vonore to Blount County on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Amy Denise Franklin faces charges of felony evasion by motor vehicle, shoplifting, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, improper passing, having an open container, DUI, driving on a revoked license, failure to have proof of insurance and failure to take due care, according to a preliminary report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Franklin is accused of shoplifting alcohol and consuming several bottles as well as prescription narcotics before passing out behind the wheel of her 2005 Kia Armanti, according to the report.
When she awoke at Sloan’s Center at the intersection of U.S. Highway 411 and Tennessee Route 360, Unicoi Turnpike, to find Vonore police officers at the window, Franklin buckled her seat belt and fled, the report said. Tennessee troopers joined Vonore officers in the pursuit on U.S. 411.
They continued through Monroe and Loudon counties, with Franklin driving at speeds of up to 115 mph, the report states.
When they reached Blount County, spike strips were deployed on Morganton Road to stop the car, and Franklin was arrested. According to the THP report, Franklin had seven active warrants from Blount and Monroe counties.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office inmate data indicate she is being held without bond on the Vonore and THP charges of driving under the influence of an intoxicant, felony evading arrest, shoplifting and driving on a revoked or suspended license. She is scheduled to appear at a hearing Monday, Oct. 28, in Monroe County General Sessions Court.