Two Knoxville residents face charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, among other charges, after fleeing from a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper and crashing into state and county patrol cars in Rocky Top on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The initial pursuit by THP Trooper Isaiah Lloyd started on State Route 61 (North Charles G. Seivers Boulevard) at Longmire Road in east Clinton, near the Clinch River, according to a preliminary THP report. It continued onto northbound US 25 W (Lake City Highway), headed toward Rocky Top (the former Lake City).
After passing through Rocky Top, the chase headed north on SR 116 into Campbell County before looping back into Rocky Top, traveling down Cherry Bottom Road and Oak Grove Road before taking US 441 (Norris Freeway) back into the city, according to a narrative in the THP report and an Anderson County Sheriff’s Department incident report.
After the car, a 1992 Honda Accord, passed under Interstate 75, it tried to make a left turn onto Sunshine Drive in Rocky Top, the report said. But it was unable to complete the turn and the car struck a concrete curb, busting its left front tire, the report said.
The car then tried to get back onto US 441, but as it was trying to get back onto the road, it hit a THP patrol unit and an Anderson County Sheriff’s Department patrol unit, the report said.
The car tried to continue, but it was stopped by Trooper Stephen Barclay, the report said.
The car was driven by Clarissa Tindell, 23, of Knoxville, the THP report said. She was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, the THP said.
Her charges include felony evading, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, felony possession of drugs, possession of a firearm during a felony, and theft of property under $1,000, the THP said.
Tindell’s passenger was Steven Dewayne Atchley, 20, of Knoxville. He was also wearing a seat belt and was not injured either.
His charges include aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, felony possession of drugs, possession of drugs, tampering with evidence, drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm during a felony, and theft of property over $1,000.
Tindell and Atchley remained jailed in the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton on Monday afternoon, according to jail records.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department helped with the pursuit. Deputies that joined the pursuit included Shawn Bannach and Mark Whaley.
The THP report doesn’t say why Lloyd initially tried to stop the car.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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