Indiana fugitives arrested in Knoxville

Indiana fugitives arrested in Knoxville

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Jacob Beyers (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Jacob Beyers (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Mallory Potts-Johnson (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Mallory Potts-Johnson (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -  Two Indiana fugitives were arrested in Knoxville Monday night, several hours after a police pursuit through Knoxville residential streets. The chase resulted in several crashes that injured an adult and two children.

Knoxville police say they stopped a white 2005 Toyota Camry on Beaumont Avenue around 4:52 p.m. for violation of the state registration law.

The driver later identified as Jacob Beyers, 26, showed the officer an Indiana driver's license that police say did not resemble him.

Traveling with Beyers was Mallory Potts-Johnson, 27, also from Indiana.

When the officer started to question Beyers, he fled in the vehicle, turning left onto West Anderson Avenue toward Elm Street.

As he fled, Beyers ran a stop sign at Elm Street and West Baxter Avenue, hitting a 2004 Ford Taurus.

A seven-year-old passenger in the Taurus suffered minor injuries and was taken to Children's Hospital.

Bystanders told police Beyers continued southbound on Elm Street.

Officers continued to pursue him on Elm to Bernard Avenue eastbound.

Several people at a tire shop pointed south on Cooper Street, indicating the suspect vehicle was going that way.

When an officer reached the intersection of Cooper Street and West Fifth Avenue, he saw another wrecked vehicle.

The driver of the wrecked vehicle told police a white car ran a red light, hit his 2005 Chrysler 300, then turned onto Depot Avenue going eastbound.

The driver of the Chrysler 300 and a five-year-old child were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

By the time the officer reached the intersection of Cooper Avenue and Depot Street, he found the same Camry he tried to stop earlier, now wrecked and abandoned on the sidewalk.

Later, around 8:19 p.m., Knoxville police officers were sent to the Motel 6 at 5640 Merchants Center Boulevard to assist members of the U.S. Marshal's Service Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force.

Task Force officers arrested Potts-Johnson inside a motel room, as well as Beyers who was just returning to the same room.

The fugitives were arrested on outstanding robbery warrants from Spencer County, Indiana. Officers there say the two are responsible for robbing a pharmacy there last week.

Once in custody, Beyers admitted he fled from officers earlier in the day and was involved in a car crash.

Beyers said he ran because he had the outstanding warrant.

Both Beyers and Potts-Johnson are being held in the Knox County Detention Center without bond as fugitives from justice.

Beyers was also charged in Knoxville with evading arrest, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and other traffic charges.

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