Fugitives nabbed after Sevier County chase

School placed on lockdown during search
May. 28, 2013 @ 06:10 PM

A search for two fugitives led to a brief lockdown at Wearwood Elementary before the pair were safely taken into custody, authorities said Tuesday.

The Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force, which includes local law enforcement — in this case Sevier County Sheriff’s Deputies — and United States Marshals, arrested James Mayhall and his wife, Fabian Mayhall, Tuesday afternoon.

The pair were both facing charges from Alabama, including at least one against James Mayhall that involved the use of a weapon, Sevier county Sheriff’s Deputy Devin Smith said.

“We got wind he was up here,” Smith said. “We wound up in pursuit of his wife and got her into custody and then shortly after that we got him in custody.”

They were first searching for a truck the pair had been spotted driving, but Fabian Mayahll fled in the vehicle when they spotted it, he said. She refused to stop for the pursuing law enforcement cruisers, but eventually pulled over and was taken into custody.

James Mayhall is believed to have been staying in a campground; he fled on foot when the task force arrived but was caught nearby a short time later.

Wearwood Elementary, which is near the campground, was briefly placed on lockdown while the search was going on, Smith said.

“It all happened pretty quick and after they both got apprehended it was taken off,” he explained.

The task force was especially interested in finding James Mayhall because of the incident involving a gun, Smith said. He was unarmed when the task force took him into custody.

jfarrell@themountainpress.com