April 7, 2022
By: Dwayne Page
A Dowelltown man, who eluded a deputy in a chase on Sunday night, is in even more trouble with the law after he broke into the Dry Creek Baptist Church and stole a 2002 Chevy church van on Tuesday.
Kenneth Adam Wright, 40, of Vandergriff Hollow Road, Dowelltown, is charged with reckless endangerment, evading arrest (2 counts), burglary of a car, theft of property, burglary and vandalism. His total bond is $68,500 and he will appear in court on April 21.
Sheriff Patrick Ray said the story began Sunday night when a deputy spotted a man he thought was Wright at the DeKalb market. The store’s video surveillance later confirmed that the man was Wright. Knowing that Wright had active warrants against him for non-appearance and was to be held without bond, the officer drove into the DeKalb Market parking lot to speak to Wright, but he jumped into his vehicle and drove off. . The deputy then activated his blue lights and sirens and began a chase of Wright’s vehicle down the Nashville freeway which reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour with Wright, at times, traveling on the wrong side of the highway. highway, nearly hitting several oncoming automobiles. Wright stopped at Wilder Hollow in Dowelltown before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot.
On Wednesday, someone from the Dry Creek Baptist Church on Dry Creek Road near Dowelltown discovered that the church van was missing and the church building itself had been broken into and vandalized. Looks like someone entered the building through the return to the central heating and air conditioning unit. Sheriff Ray said investigators believe the break-in and theft actually happened on Tuesday.
Three hours after the church burglary and robbery was reported at 2:36 p.m. Wednesday, an Alexandria police officer, having heard of it, spotted a van behind a church in Alexandria, which turned out to be to be the one stolen from the Baptist Church in Dry Creek. Two detectives from the Sheriff’s Department responded and upon arrival saw someone matching Wright’s description. As detectives approached, the man tried to flee on foot but they caught him and took him into custody. The man was Wright.
Sheriff Ray said Wright admitted to stealing the church’s van, worth $8,500, breaking into the church and vandalizing the heating and air system, causing more than 1 $000 damage.