Blount County deputies arrest man hauling stolen lawnmowers after pursuit


MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Blount County deputies arrested a Strawberry Plains man after a short vehicle chase early Tuesday.

Deputies stopped 52-year-old Christopher Smith after spotting him driving erratically while pulling a trailer full of lawnmowers around 4 a.m on Carpenters Grade Road.

Smith and an accomplice lead deputies on a short chase before trying to run away on foot.

The lawn equipment on the trailer was reported missing from three separate burglaries on Monday night.

Smith now faces several charges including theft of property over $1,000 dollars, aggravated criminal trespassing, evading arrest and failure to appear.

He’s now being held on a $30,750 dollar bond.

The sheriff’s office is continuing the investigation into the burglaries.

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