A 26-year-old Georgia man remained in jail on Saturday after a high-speed police chase on Friday that started in Clinton and ended between Oak Ridge and Oliver Springs, authorities said.
The suspect, Victor Allen Webb of Atlanta, is facing charges in connection with at least two local home burglaries, the Clinton Police Department said in a press release.
On Friday morning, a CPD officer on special neighborhood patrol spotted the suspect vehicle near the scene of burglaries this week, the release said.
“I had asked Patrolman Brian Galloway to keep an eye on homes in the western end of Clinton between Charles G. Seivers Boulevard and the river, due to recent burglaries,” Clinton Police Chief Rick Scarbrough said. “When officer Galloway attempted to stop the white Kia, instead of stopping, the suspect continued on.”
Reports indicate that the pursuit continued through parts of Oak Ridge, finally ending on Oliver Springs Highway (Highway 61), the CPD said.
“Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Rusty Carr deployed spike stripes as the suspect drove past,” Galloway said. “Both left tires on the vehicle were flattened by the spikes, and the suspect was unable to continue.”
Galloway’s report further stated that, during the chase, the suspects speeds reached up to 40 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.
CPD Assistant Chief Vaughn Becker said detectives followed up on the arrest and while searching a residence in Knoxville, where the suspect was living, and located most of the stolen property from the Clinton burglaries.
“We have also recovered a large amount of jewelry that was taken in other burglaries,” Becker said. “I am asking that if anyone has been a victim of a burglary or theft that occurred at your home during the day time in the past few months contact your local police agency or CPD Detective Jason Lawson at (865) 457-3112.”
Several agencies assisted CPD, including Tennessee Highway Patrol, Oak Ridge Police Department, and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.
Along with the pending burglary charges, Webb is charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license, reckless driving, evading arrest, reckless endangerment (minor injury), and various “wanted” charges in Georgia, the CPD said.