Jury convicts Oak Ridge man of vehicular homicide, drug charge

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Ralpheal Cameron Coffey, who was the primary suspect of a deadly police chase in Anderson County that resulted in a North Knox County crash that killed two people, was found  guilty by a Knox County jury Wednesday on all counts. 

According to the Knox County District Attorney’s Office, Coffey was convicted by the jury of Reckless Homicide, also finding him guilty-as-charged of all the other counts, which include Class A felony of possession with intent to sell cocaine in a drug-free school zone. 

Because of Coffey’s prior convictions for selling cocaine, the DA’s Office said, that count alone carries a punishment between 25-40 years in prison. 

According to law enforcement agency reports from the day of Coffey’s pursuit and crash, Coffey was fleeing from law enforcement in Anderson County when he crashed into a Ford F-150 driven by Kevin Jame Bradley at the intersection of Central Avenue Pike and Callahan Drive. Bradley was killed. His passenger, Eric Kennedy, was injured. Tommie Troupe, a passenger in Coffey’s vehicle, was also killed.

     MORE | Family: 2nd person dead after Anderson County chase ends in Knox County crash

The other counts in which Coffey has been found guilty were:

Evading arrest, criminal impersonation, hunt/fish/trap/no license or stamp, violation of refusing inspection, driving while license suspended, two counts of evading arrest with risk of death or injury in a vehicle, and aggravated assault with a use or display of a deadly weapon. 

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