Oak Ridge police chief describes tackling 250-lb suspect during

Oak Ridge police chief describes tackling 250-lb suspect during chase

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The chief chased the suspect through this yard. The chief chased the suspect through this yard.
"He was about six inches taller and about 50 pounds heavier. That also made him slow and was why I caught him," Chief Akagi said. "He was about six inches taller and about 50 pounds heavier. That also made him slow and was why I caught him," Chief Akagi said.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - Oak Ridge Police Chief James Akagi is sharing his story of a high-speed chase that ended with the chief tackling a 250-pound suspect.

"I pulled up behind them and they were out on the ground running and they proceeded to run across that field," Chief Akagi.

He says he doesn't usually chase down suspects.

"It's obviously unusual. its not what I do everyday," he said.

On Monday, Justin Harris and Landon Thomas nearly hit Chief Akagi's vehicle. A high speed pursuit and then a foot chase followed through a residential neighborhood.

"Once you get out on foot, that's an extremely hazardous situation for officers," he said.

It's been more than a decade since Chief Akagi has chased a suspect on foot, but he says the training all came rushing back as he let the suspect tire himself out running across this field.

"He was about six inches taller and about 50 pounds heavier. That also made him slow and was why I caught him," the chief said.

Back up was on scene in minutes.

"I had excellent help," Akagi said. "Once the professionals came in, the guys and gals that do this every day they tackled the second suspect."

The chief says he just happened to be in the right place at the right time, but believes despite the unusualness of the situation, it's all part of the job.

"I believe in leading by example and I took an oath to protect the community just like every other officer and that's not something you can ignore because you're the chief of police," he said.

The suspects face an array of charges including resisting arrest and reckless driving. They are both out on bond but due in court next week.

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