Maryville woman leads Blount County deputies on high-speed chase

Maryville woman leads Blount County deputies on high-speed chase

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A Maryville woman led the Blount County Sheriff deputies on a high speed chase Tuesday morning that ended in a two vehicle accident.

Angel A. Foster, 31, of Blount Avenue, Maryville, is currently receiving treatment at Blount Memorial Hospital for injuries she received in the accident. Foster faces numerous charges, including reckless endangerment, vehicular assault, felony evading arrest, and speeding.

Three individuals who were in the vehicle she struck were taken to U.T. Medical Center by Rural/Metro Ambulance Service. Donald Bruce Bowers, 71, of Vonore, Marion Elaine Horan, 67, of Vonore, and June Mary Lund, 69, of Vonore, are all receiving treatment at U.T. Medical Center. All of the individuals in Bower's vehicle were wearing their seatbelts.

Shortly after 11 a.m., a Sheriff's deputy was responding to a motor vehicle accident with injury that had just occurred on Middlesettlements Road. The deputy came upon the driver of a 2010 Ford Fusion that refused to yield or move over. The driver continued to speed up. The deputy stayed behind her, while another deputy responded to the accident on Middlesettlements Road.

The fleeing driver's speed continually increased, and she ran through several intersections with no regard for traffic. Due to the speeds the driver was reaching, as well as the wet road conditions, the deputy backed off, but the driver continued to drive recklessly. Fearing the driver would cause an accident due to her recklessness, the deputy re-engaged in the pursuit, and was joined by another deputy.

The driver's speeds continually increased, and at one time she was clocked at 119 miles per hour. She ran through the intersection at U.S. Highway 321 and Old Glory, and then ran the red light at the intersection of Foothills Mall and turned right on to Foothills Mall Drive. She turned right again at Morganton Road and crashed into an oncoming vehicle driven by Bowers. Foster then fled on foot and went over a fence where deputies caught her.

"Our decision to engage in a pursuit with a fleeing vehicle is based on the totality of the circumstances," Sheriff Berrong said. "This woman was traveling at such a high rate of speed that our deputy stayed engaged because he feared if he didn't attempt to stop her, she would cause serious harm to someone."

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