'Fake meth' seized following Hawkins high-speed motorcycle chase

Jeff Bobo • Oct 22, 2018 at 5:30 PM

BULLS GAP — About two grams of counterfeit meth were seized following a high-speed motorcycle chase Thursday afternoon that began in Greene County and ended in Bulls Gap with two arrests.

The driver, Matthew Caleb Long, 31, of Rogersville, and his passenger Destiny Marie Henley, 24, of Greeneville, were both charged with felony evading arrest, among other charges.

Around 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies Eric Pease and Jesse Williams responded to back up Greene County deputies who were chasing the couple riding a 2000 Honda CBR motorcycle into Hawkins County.

Pease reportedly observed the motorcycle traveling 71 mph in a 30 mph zone traveling north on Route 66-S within the Bulls Gap city limits near the intersection of Easy Street.

The motorcycle reportedly turned onto some back streets in Bulls Gap traveling at a high rate of speed and then back onto Route 66-S where it continued north and passed several cars.

Pease stated in his report that during the chase Henley was pointing which direction Long should go.

The pursuit was terminated at Old Route 66 due to public safety concerns, but when Pease rounded the curve at North Fork Branch Road he observed the motorcycle stopped in the middle of the road with Long and Henley standing there.

Pease conducted a pat-down on Long and allegedly discovered a small round container that had 2.1 grams of a white powder.

Long allegedly identified the substance as "fake meth" that he was taking to Greene County to sell.

A search of a backpack being carried by Henley allegedly revealed her to be in possession of a set of scales.

Aside from felony evading arrest, Long was charged by the HCSO with possession of an imitation controlled substance, speeding, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.

Henley was charged by the HCSO with being a party to felony evading arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set pending arraignment Monday in Sessions Court.

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