CLINTON, Tenn. (WATE) – A vehicle pursuit of two suspects by the Tennessee Highway Patrol with assistance from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and Clinton Police resulted in the arrest of one suspect.
The pursuit occurred Thursday evening and ended near Charles G. Seivers Boulevard (Highway 61) near Miller Road.
According to THP, Trooper Conner Bell was traveling on Highway 61 at Frank L. Diggs Drive in Clinton when he saw a white Volkswagen stopped at a traffic light; the license plate pinged the car to be stolen. Trooper Bell waited for back-up, then began initiating a traffic stop.
The driver refused to stop.
The Volkswagen then cut across the center line and down a large grass embankment on Longmire Road in an attempt to flee THP. Trooper Bell followed the vehicle down the embankment, where the suspect nearly struck multiple vehicles and patrol cars.
The pursuit then continued down Highway 61, through an ORNL Federal Credit Union drive-thru before cutting across another grass embankment onto Sinking Springs Road for a short distance before the vehicle turned into the local Ford dealership.
The vehicle turned left out of the Ford dealership back onto Highway 61, nearly causing a crash.
The driver then tried to turn back around to travel back toward the interstate but was blocked by several patrol vehicles, so they did a U-turn to avoid being boxed in.
While traveling back on Highway 61 toward Miller Road, the vehicle began to stall before slowly coming to a stop.
Troopers approached the vehicle, giving verbal commands to exit the car, but the driver put the car in reverse gear and strike officers behind them, became distracted, THP said, and was removed from the car.
He resisted arrest. The 19-year-old male driver was identified as Jared Martin, of Oliver Springs. The passenger, a 19-year-old Dandridge female, was also removed from the vehicle, but was released at the scene.
Martin told THP he had been trying to “eat numerous bags” of narcotics while attempting to flee from law enforcement.
Martin was taken to Anderson County Jail.
Pending charges include DUI, schedule 1 and 2 drugs, resisting arrest, destruction of evidence, theft of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, aggravated assault, evading arrest, due care, improper passing, financial responsibility, no driver’s license, disregards for signal/sign, failure to maintain lane and speeding.
Anderson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tyler Mayes says the engine blew in the car that was being pursued, which ended the chase.
WATE 6 On Your Side had a crew at the scene and will update with more information as it becomes available.