Two people were arrested after allegedly crashing a stolen pickup truck in Oak Ridge and trying to run from police Monday afternoon, officers said.
The Oak Ridge Police Department tried to stop the pickup truck on South Illinois Avenue at Tulsa Road at about 1 p.m. Monday, a press release said.
“The driver of the pickup truck began to flee, and officers discontinued the attempted traffic stop,” the press release said.
The pickup truck continued driving at a high rate of speed and crashed into a vehicle at the intersection of South Illinois Avenue at South Rutgers Avenue, the press release said. One tire blew out, and the pickup truck continued driving on the remaining three tires toward Edgemoor Road, the release said.
Officers located the vehicle on Edgemoor Road a short time later, the press release said. Two people inside got out of the pickup and tried to run from law enforcement, the release said. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office K-9 tracking unit arrived to help the ORPD, and both the male driver and female passenger were in custody by 2:08 p.m., according to police.
The 29-year-old male driver faces charges that include motor vehicle theft, felony evading arrest, reckless driving, misdemeanor evading arrest, driving under the influence, and leaving the scene of the accident, the press release said. There could be more charges, police said.
The 24-year-old female passenger faces charges for drug violations and misdemeanor evading arrest.
The driver and passenger in the vehicle that was hit were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The investigation is ongoing, and no further information will be released at this time, the press release said.
Anyone with information that may help investigators can call ORPD at (865) 425-4399. Crime tips can also be submitted online at http://oakridgetn.gov/department/ORPD/Home. Information can be given anonymously, the press release said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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