Man accused of crashing car into carport, assaulting officer

Man accused of crashing car into S. Knoxville carport, assaulting officer

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Travis Wilkerson (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Travis Wilkerson (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Police say a Honda Accord driven by Travis Wilkerson went off the roadway and crashed into the carport at 5031 Sevierville Pike. Police say a Honda Accord driven by Travis Wilkerson went off the roadway and crashed into the carport at 5031 Sevierville Pike.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville man is accused of crashing his vehicle into a carport in South Knoxville, then subsequently assaulting an officer.

The Knoxville Police Department says officers responded to the crash around 10:38 p.m. Thursday at 5031 Sevierville Pike.

A Honda Accord driven by Travis Wilkerson went off the roadway and crashed into the carport. The homeowner told officers the driver ran off.

Wilkerson was located behind the residence lying on the ground crying. He had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and smelled strongly of alcohol.

Officers say he then admitted he and his passenger, Jeffrey Laymon, had been drinking. Both were taken to UT Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

After treatment for minor injuries, Wilkerson was released from the hospital into officers' custody. Police say as he was being taken to the Knox County Intake Center in the back of a transportation wagon, Transportation officer Danny Dugan noticed Wilkerson had freed one hand from his handcuffs.

Dugan stopped his vehicle on Alcoa Highway near Neyland Drive around 4:21 a.m. to handcuff Wilkerson again. As Dugan was attempting to do this, Wilkerson allegedly spun around and hit Dugan in the face with a closed fist.

Dugan was able to maintain control until other officers moved into assist. Dugan was taken to UT Medical Center for treatment of a facial wound.

Wilkerson faces charges of DUI, driving on a suspended license, failure to render aid, financial responsibility, violation of state registration law, and assault of an officer. A felony vandalism warrant was also on file for his arrest.

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