Suspect in violent traffic incident caught, other parties flee

Suspect in violent Knoxville traffic incident caught, other parties flee scene

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David Heier (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) David Heier (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A suspect is in custody while several others remain at large following a violent traffic incident on Saturday evening.

According to the Knoxville Police Department, it appears the driver of a Chrysler 300 rammed into another vehicle just after 7 p.m. at University Avenue and Calloway Street, and that shots were fired shortly afterward.

Police say they were able to locate the Chrysler and a suspect identified as David Heier, 55, on Middlebrook Pike at Francis Road. He was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence (third offense), violation of the implied consent law, driving on a revoked license, failure to provide proof of financial responsibility, unlawful obstruction of driver's view and control, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Police say Heier admitted he was using alcohol and illegal drugs and that he had wrecked his vehicle.

Authorities say the other parties involved fled the scene. Police have not yet located them.

The investigation continues into the shooting and crash.

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