By Alex Haglund
A hit and run accident near the Ashley exit on the westbound lanes of I-64 was followed by Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies pursuing and arresting two on multiple charges on the afternoon of Thursday, July 28, just after 4 p.m.
Scanner traffic indicated that there were multiple calls to 911 regarding a vehicle driving at a very high rate of speed and that it had just struck another vehicle. First responders would also be dispatched to assist the people in the vehicle that was struck, evacuating the occupants of that vehicle to Washington County Hospital.
Deputies caught up to the fleeing vehicle just past the Nashville exit, 12 or 13 miles down the road from the initial accident. After putting the driver and his passenger in custody, a laundry list of charges were leveled against the two.
The driver was Mark A. Essary, 43, of Mt. Vernon, while the passenger was Jessica S. Essary, 33, also of Mt. Vernon.
The pair were found with a firearm, according to scanner reports, a loaded EAA Bounty Hunter revolver in .22 magnum. A FOID card was also reported to be produced, but it was not in the name of either of the vehicle’s occupants.
The vehicle was a black Ford Edge, which was reported stolen out of Missouri.
Mark Essary was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear, and was also charged with unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful possession of registration, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to reduce speed, improper passing on a crest, curve or intersection, driving on a suspended or revoked drivers license, and disobeying a stop sign.
Jessica Essary was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle.
Both occupants were taken to Washington County Jail following their arrest.