Suspect arrested, officer sent to hospital after Knox County police chase

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A suspect was arrested Tuesday night after a police pursuit in South Knox County that resulted in a deputy being sent to the hospital.

Robert Gaylord Hoover, 50, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of evading arrest and one count of driving while license suspended.

An arrest report says the pursuit began just before 9 p.m. on Rutledge Pike when a deputy spotted a white Dodge Caravan without a working tag light. The deputy tried to pull the vehicle over, and it briefly stopped, but soon took off at speeds exceeding 80 miles per hour.

The chase continued on several roads and other officers became involved. The report says Hoover led officers on I-40 and I-275, eventually taking Henley Street to Chapman Highway where Hoover is accused of ramming two police cruisers. 

Hoover finally crashed on Dick Ford Road near Ye Olde Steakhouse. Hoover was taken to UT Medical Center for treatment of a laceration to his head.

One of the officers involved in the pursuit was also taken to the hospital for treatment of a possible concussion. Sheriff’s office spokesperson Kimberly Glenn says the officer was later released.

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