Multiple patrol cars damaged, 2 in custody following overnight p

Multiple patrol cars damaged, 2 in custody following overnight pursuit in Maryville

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Two people are in custody Saturday following a multi-car police chase that ended with a van crashing into a ditch and a deputy sustaining minor injuries.

Ricky Allen Cromwell, Jr., 30 of Townsend and Lynn Kilby, 23 of Maryville are both in the Blount County Detention Facility on multiple charges. Cromwell is charged with 5 counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, evading arrest and burglary. Kilby is charged with burglary.

A Blount County deputy was traveling down Russell Road in Rockford when he noticed a black van backing out of a vacant trailer. The officer deemed this suspicious and attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle. The report states that the vehicle came to a rolling stop and then sped off upon the officer's approach.

The deputy noted seeing a refrigerator and an air-conditioning unit located in the back of the van before it took off. The officer then pursued the vehicle along with multiple other patrol cars from the Maryville Police Department and Alcoa Police Department.

The pursuit lasted 15 minutes, winding through the Maryville downtown and eventually ending with Cromwell crashing into a ditch at the intersection of Tuckaleechee Pike and Whites Mill Road.

An estimate of the extensive amount of damage done to patrol cars by Cromwell  during the pursuit  is being determined by investigators.
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