Escapee taken into custody after leading deputies on short chase

Escapee taken into custody after leading Knox Co. deputies on short chase

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A suspect wanted on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault was taken into custody Monday night by the Knox County deputies. A suspect wanted on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault was taken into custody Monday night by the Knox County deputies.
Christopher Forrester (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Christopher Forrester (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A suspect wanted on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault was taken into custody Monday night by the Knox County deputies.

Officials with the Knox County Sheriff's Office say a patrol officer identified Christopher Forrester driving on Chapman Highway around 9 p.m.

Authorities say the suspect refused to pull over.

"When we went to stop him, he fled and a short pursuit ensued from Chapman Highway to Maryville Pike. Went from Maryville Pike over to Alcoa Highway, then he turned onto Cherokee Trail. Then from Cherokee Trail, spike strips were deployed which flattened a couple of the tires, and he was able to stop right here, and we were able to take him into custody," said Lt. Greg Steinnett.

Officials say he was taken into custody without incident and there were no injuries.

Forrester was ordered by the court to be sent from the Knox County Detention Center to Center Point, a Knoxville treatment center.

Officials say he walked out of the facility before he was allowed, causing him to be deemed an escapee for failing to follow the court-ordered treatment.

Authorities say charges are pending, including fleeing, driving on a suspended license as well as an escape charge.

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