35-year-old man dies after being taken into custody by Knox County deputies

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A man who was taken into custody by deputies after a police chase Saturday has died, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

The Knoxville Police Department is investigating both the chase and the death of Johnathan Binkley, 35.

The results of the Knoxville Police Department investigation will be turned over to Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen.

Knox County deputies took Binkley and a woman into custody Saturday after an attempted traffic stop where the vehicle fled, leading officers on a pursuit that ended on Brownlow Road off Salem Church Road in Halls, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Knox County deputies observed Binkley having difficulty breathing and then appear to go unconscious, according to a news release from the Knoxville Police Department.

Deputies administered Narcan and performed CPR on the suspect until AMR arrived to take over treatment, the police department release said. Shortly thereafter, the suspect was pronounced deceased on the scene, according to Knoxville Police.

The woman taken into custody has not been identified nor have any charges been publicly announced.

The investigation by the Police Department is being done under a memorandum of understanding between the two law enforcement agencies.

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