Break-in suspect arrested after high-speed chase through Smokies

Break-in suspect arrested after high-speed chase through Smokies

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Brian Ivey (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Brian Ivey (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

ALCOA (WATE) - A man accused of breaking into a vehicle Sunday in Great Smoky Mountains National Park led officers on a high speed chase before crashing his truck.

Brian Ivey, 38, of LaFollette, is being held in the Blount County Jail after being apprehended in Alcoa.

The chase began around 10:30 a.m. when a park ranger reported seeing a man break into a vehicle at the Chimney Tops Trailhead. When the ranger attempted to stop the suspect, he took off. 

Because of traffic conditions park rangers stopped their pursuit, but when Ivey exited the park Blount County sheriff's deputies picked up the chase.

Deputies say Ivey reached speeds up to 90 miles-per-hour on U.S. Highway 321.

The chase continued through Maryville and Alcoa where Ivey crashed his truck into a sheriff's car. The deputy was not injured in the collision. 

The collision didn't stop Ivey, as he continued on U.S. 129 Bypass to U.S. Highway 321, then south on William Blount Drive and west on Big Springs Road. 

He then turned into a private gravel road, where he crashed his truck in a field and was arrested. 

Ivey was not injured in the crash.

He is charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, and felony evading arrest. Federal charges from the alleged break-in in the national park are pending. 

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