Knoxville man arrested after 20 minute high-speed chase

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A Knoxville man was arrested after Tennessee Highway Patrol says he led officers on a high speed chase that lasted around 20 minutes.

Troopers say David J. Haynes Jr., 42, faces a long list of charges that include felony evading, drug paraphernalia, driving on a revoked driver’s license, leaving the scene of a crash, speeding, failure to exercise due care, improper passing, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, following too closely, and numerous others.

THP says a trooper stopped a 2001 Honda Civic on the shoulder entering Interstate 40 at the West Hills on ramp because neither the driver nor the front seat passenger were wearing a seat belt. When the trooper got out of the cruiser, the vehicle sped off.

The trooper started chasing the vehicle on I-40 westbound, Cedar Bluff Road, Middlebrook Pike, Weisgarber Road, Papermill Road, I-40 eastbound, James White Parkway – which included a period of driving on the wrong side of the road, I-40 westbound again, U.S Highway 129/Sutherland Avenue, and Middlebrook Pike again.

Officers called off the pursuit to keep other drivers safe. A rear seat passenger was dropped off on Knott Road. She was not charged.

Eventually officers with the Knoxville Police Department found the vehicle on Locust Street.

The driver, later identified as Haynes, was arrested at Summit Towers Apartments and taken to the Knox County Detention Center. He was also wanted in Knox and Union counties, as well as the state of Virginia, for felony larceny.

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