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Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Hurst enters guilty plea
A Cocke County man on Monday pleaded guilty to charges contained in 20 cases including a March, 2017 chase through Northport. Carl David Hurst, 32, Fairfax Road, Parrottsville, pleaded guilty in Cocke County Circuit Court and was given a 13 year sentence by Judge Carter Moore. Hurst was wanted on charges of operating a chop shop, altered VIN and theft over $1,000 handed down by a grand jury, last year when he fled from Newport authorities. Newport Chief of Police Maurice Shults said two Newport detectives were following up on a stolen vehicle report when they recognized Hurst in a 1994 Chevrolet Silverado which had been reported stolen from Hawkins County. “When an effort was made to stop Hurst, he struck a patrol car with the stolen truck," the chief said at the time. During the subsequent pursuit, Hurst nearly hit a three year-old child before his vehicle crashed into a block wall. Hurst and two female passengers, Julie Parker and Heather Atwell, fled the scene on foot but the women were stopped nearby. They told investigators that Hurst had not allowed them to leave the pickup. Atwell was treated at the Newport Medical Center for a head injury. Hurst also was charged a home burglary on Majestic Way after he wrecked the pickup. He entered the home "shaved his beard and shot up leaving used syringes and beard trimmings in the bathroom. Also syringes were found in the stolen truck that was abandoned," according to THP Lt. Richard Garrison. The next day officers received information that Hurst was possibly at a home on Big Way in Newport. Officers conducted surveillance and removed two individuals from the residence for their safety. The Newport/Cocke County SWAT team and found Hurst hiding in the attic. surrounded the home, however, the suspect declined to voluntarily exit the residence. Tear gas was deployed in the arrest of the subject. Among the charges to which Hurst entered a guilty plea are, evading arrest by motor vehicle, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, theft over $1,000, two counts kidnapping, burglaries, thefts and vandalism. A charge of the operation of a chop shop was dismissed in the plea agreement. Prosecutor Asst. DA Tonya Thornton and Defense Attorney Jessica Sisk told Hurst if he has future charges he will face sentencing as a career offender.


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