Kodak man leads officers on three-county chase

Kodak man leads officers on three-county chase

Stephen Vandergriff (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Stephen Vandergriff (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KODAK (WATE) - A Sevier County man was arrested Monday night after leading officers on a pursuit through three counties.

Stephen R. Vandergriff, 21, is charged with driving under the influence, unlawful use of stolen license plate, evading arrest, driving on revoked licence, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and theft over $1,000. He is also being held for theft and burglary charges in Jefferson and Grainger counties.

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers say they received a request from Sevier County around 10 p.m. to help capture a suspect who was fleeing into a vehicle.

The pursuit took place in Sevier, Knox and Jefferson counties, crossing over several streets and roadways.

Vandergriff's vehicle lost its right front tires at one point, but continued to flee.

The suspect eventually turned onto Mutton Hollow Road in Kodak where he attempted to run on foot.

He was then arrested on Brandou Road in Knox County. The vehicle was confirmed to be stolen.

Officials say the incident remains under investigation.

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