California fugitive arrested by Knox County deputies

California fugitive arrested by Knox County deputies

Joseph Foote (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Joseph Foote (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A California fugitive wanted for robbery and felony fraud was taken into custody Monday after deputies pulled him over for speeding.

Deputies pulled over Joseph Foote, 30, Monday afternoon in the 4500 block of Clinton Highway.

They noticed the smell of marijuana and asked Foote and his passenger to get out of the car so a police dog could sniff it.

Inside the car, officials found 23 grams of marijuana and a large amount of cash.

A detective on the scene recognized Foote from another incident and said the man had given him false information.

When Foote heard him say that, he fled the scene into a thicket behind a home on Tillery Road.

Deputies asked Foote to come out and when he refused to show his hands or surrender, the police dog bit him on the arm and then the leg.

He then showed his hands and surrendered to deputies.

Foote was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment of injuries from the dog bites and then taken to the Knox County Detention Facility where he's being held without bond.

He was charged with criminal impersonation; having a fake driver's license; resisting arrest; manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of drugs; and evading arrest.

After he was identified at the jail through fingerprints as Foote, deputies determined that he had given officers a phony driver license on the scene.

Foote is wanted in California for robbery, felony fraud and wanted by the U.S. Marshal on weapons charges.  

His passenger was not charged.

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