Mongar leads Jacksboro and LaFollette officers on chase

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By Jennifer Caldwell

A LaFollette woman’s alleged attempts to duck authorities proved to be fruitless.

According to Jacksboro Police Chief Danny Chapman, his department received a call last Friday reporting that Leann M. Mongar, 31, of 827 South Cumberland Avenue, had allegedly stolen merchandise from a local electronics store.

As Jacksboro officers began searching for Mongar, LaFollette Police Officer Joe Brown was notified she was entering the city of LaFollette.

According to the arrest warrant, when Brown located Mongar at a Jacksboro Pike gas station, she nearly struck his patrol car.

As Brown activated his lights and siren, Mongar allegedly accelerated turning onto Towe String Road.

Records indicate Mongar “continued to operate the motor vehicle in a reckless and careless manner that put other motorists in imminent danger.”

LaFollette Police Officer John Baker, who was also involved in the pursuit, located Mongar’s unoccupied vehicle at a Lawson Lane address. According to Baker’s report, the vehicle was located partially in the yard and had caused “extensive damage to the lawn, driveway and landscape timbers.”

As Baker approached the vehicle, records state Mongar fled from the home, where she had allegedly been attempting to use the phone.

As officers continued their search Chapman said he encountered a white Ford F150 truck driven by Wanda June Lemarr, of 516 North 15th Street.

According to Chapman, he approached the vehicle to ask the driver if she had seen Mongar.

“I pulled up to the vehicle and asked if she (Lemarr) had seen a female in the area and she told me she had not,” Chapman said.

Unbeknownst to Chapman, LaFollette officers, who were stationed some distance away, observed Mongar getting into Lemarr’s truck.

LaFollette Det. Sgt. Jason Henegar said Mongar was removed from the vehicle by Det. Lt. Monty Miller a short time later.

Mongar was arrested and charged with felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault of a police officer, vandalism under $500 and evading arrest. She is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 23.

Lemarr was also arrested and charged with giving false information to an officer.