The Crossviille man who led Crossville Police and Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies on a chase around the city before driving toward Sparta at speeds reaching 130 mph pleaded guilty in Criminal Court and received a 12-year prison sentence.

Ruben Lynn Scarlett, 39, was facing charges of aggravated assault and evading arrest in connection with the pursuit. He was facing felony possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of meth, simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license in two unrelated cases.

Scarlett pleaded guilty to felony possession of more than .5 grams of meth and received an eight-year sentence. That charge stems from a Feb. 23, 2017 arrest by THP Troopers Bobby Barker and Jake Bramer.

Scarlett also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and evading arrest and received four years in prison, which are to run consecutive with the meth plea, for a total of 12 years. 

He is being given credit for the 289 days in jail he has already served since his arrest following the chase.

On Jan. 29, Crossville Police Sgt. Tin Vandever spotted Scarlett driving a van on Stanley St. Vanderver was aware of an arrest warrant from Criminal Court and the fact that Scarlett’s driving privileges had been suspended.

In addition, city police had been asked by sheriff’s investigators to be on the lookout for Scarlett because they wanted to question him about a residential burglary. Scarlett was never charged in that case.

When Vandever tried to stop Scarlett’s van, Scarlett accelerated his speed and led police on a chase around several city blocks before traveling to Hwy. 70 S and driving toward Sparta.

White County authorities were called to be on the looking for the fleeing van, that at times reached speeds in excess of 130 mph. White County sheriff’s deputies activated “Stop Sticks” in an effort to disable the vehicle Scarlett was driving. 

Scarlett reportedly swerved to avoid the strips, lost control of the van and crashed. He was not seriously injured.

All remaining charges were dropped.