Note: This story was updated at 9:30 p.m.
Two people were arrested after a car chase that started in Claxton and passed through Oak Ridge, Clinton, and parts of Anderson County on Saturday.
The chase started as a suspicious-vehicle call just before noon. Anderson County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a homeowner’s report of a suspicious vehicle parked in her driveway on Maple Lane shortly before 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
When deputies arrived, the car fled from Claxton, through Oak Ridge, and then through Clinton back into the Foley Hill area of Anderson County, said Mark Lucas, Anderson County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy.
The driver ran on foot after turning down a dead-end road on Cox Lane north of Clinton, but he was caught after a brief foot chase, Lucas said.
The driver, Jeremy Raulston Dial, 37, of Knoxville, was charged with several offenses, including felony evading arrest. Additional charges against Dial are pending, Lucas said.
Dial has an arrest history in Anderson County and several other local counties, and he was wanted on an outstanding warrant in Roane County.
The passenger, Mary Lee Letourneau, 49, of Maryville, was arrested on drug charges.
“Deputies are currently investigating why the two were in a residential area of Claxton as well as the circumstances of how Dial was in possession of the car, which was not registered to him,” Lucas said. “As of this morning, the car had not been reported stolen to any law enforcement agency.”
Deputies were assisted in the chase by the Oak Ridge and Clinton police departments along with the Knox County Sheriff’s Airwatch helicopter.
“Our thanks to these agencies for their assistance,” Lucas said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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