Man changed with trying to run over Blount County deputy, leading officers on chase

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A Knoxville man was arrested Sunday in Blount County after deputies say he tried to run over an officer, as well as two utility workers, and led officers on a chase.

Gregory Harrison, 39, is charged with aggravated assault on law enforcement, felony reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest, driving while a habitual motor offender and felony reckless endangerment.

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office says in a report a deputy was blocking traffic on Light Pink Road at Louisville Road around 6:30 p.m. Sunday following an earlier crash.

The officer said he noticed a Chevrolet Trail Blazer try to turn onto Light Pink Road. Numerous other vehicles had tried this and ended up asking how to get around the accident. The driver of the Blazer, however, later identified as Harrison, continued driving toward the officer, ignoring commands to stop.

The report says the officer was waiving his arms, signaling for the driver to stop, but the vehicle suddenly accelerated toward the officer. The officer jumped out of the way, missing being hit by only inches.

Another deputy arrived on the scene and tried to get the vehicle to stop, but the report says Harrison then began speeding toward a work crew working to replace a utility pole.

The report says Harrison gave chase and was eventually taken into custody in Knox County after running over spike strips set up by the Alcoa Police Department.

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