Suspect Arrested After Officer Assault and Wrong-Way Pursuit
On Sunday, September 2, 2018, at approximately 5:50 p.m., officers were flagged down about a possible overdose in the parking garage of the Walmart, located at 2501 University Commons Way. Upon arrival, officers observed a female passed out behind the wheel of her red Pontiac Vibe GT. As officers were trying to remove the suspect from the vehicle the driver awoke and spoke with officers, but then quickly accelerated forward striking an officer with the car while fleeing.
Approximately ten minutes later another officer observed the suspect driving on Cumberland Avenue and attempted to stop the vehicle, at which time the driver began to flee. A pursuit was initiated and the driver entered onto I-40E driving the wrong direction from Dale Avenue and was eventually taken into custody after merging onto I-640W while still driving the wrong way on the interstate. There were no injuries during the pursuit and the only cars that were damaged were a police vehicle and the suspect’s vehicle. The officer struck by the suspect’s vehicle at the Walmart was not seriously injured.
The suspect was charged with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Evading Arrest, Felony Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving Under the Influence and multiple traffic charges. She also had an outstanding warrant out of Anderson County for violation of pre-trial release.
Casey R. Yates
Knoxville, TN address