Officers arrest wrong way driver after KCSO pursuit, head-on crash

Officers arrest wrong way driver after KCSO pursuit, head-on crash

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Trishia Moody (Source: Knox County) Trishia Moody (Source: Knox County)

DANDRIDGE (WATE) - A Knox County woman was arrested Monday night after driving the wrong way, leading police on a chase across two counties and damaging a police cruiser in the process.

The pursuit began at 9:20 p.m. and ended 10 minutes later.

An officer witnessed driver Trishia Moody, 26, pull her 1996 Toyota Camry out of a drive-in on Asheville Highway going north in the southbound lane, against the flow of traffic.

The officer signaled to pull Moody over, but she continued going the wrong way while speeding.

She then locked her brakes and turned onto Johnson Road. When the road hit a dead end, she turned around and struck the officer's cruiser head-on as he tried to block her in.

She then sped onto Andrew Johnson Highway and drove into Jefferson County. The officer caught up to her car and drove beside it to try and get a description of her. As he did, Moody turned left into the passenger side of the officer's cruiser, forcing it into the median.

The officer's vehicle was too damaged to continue pursuing her, so deputies from Jefferson County continued on.

At one point, Moody tried to turn around again and one of the deputies pushed the driver side rear panel of her car, forcing her to stop.

When she was taken into custody, she had a 16-ounce can of beer in her hand, her breath and body smelled of alcohol, and she had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

Neither Moody nor the officer in the cruiser was injured.

The officer's cruiser received damage to the body and the undercarriage.

Moody was charged with DUI, driving on a suspended license, aggravated assault, and evading arrest.

She was also wanted on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for driving on a suspended license.

She's is being held at the Knox County Detention Center on a $11,450 bond.

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