Anderson County police pursuit ends in arrests

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A man and a woman were arrested Saturday afternoon after they led police on a chase through three areas in Anderson County.

Jeremy Dial was arrested and charged with evading arrest and several other charges.

Mary Letourneau was arrested and charged with drug charges. 

The chase began in the Claxton community when deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a suspicious vehicle in a woman’s driveway. According to a spokesperson for ACSO, officers quickly responded to the address where they found a black Toyota Camry sitting in the driveway. Upon the officers’ arrival, the Camry sped off and officers pursued him.

The pursuit led ACSO through three areas: Claxton, Oak Ridge and Clinton. Oak Ridge Police and Clinton Police assisted ACSO in the pursuit.

The pursuit ended when the driver, later identified as Jeremy Dial, went down a dead end street. He then exited the vehicle and ran off on foot. Officers were able to catch up with him and arrest him.

ACSO says, at this time, Dial is charged with driving on a suspended license, felony evading arrest, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, speeding and possession of drug paraphernalia. More charges could be filed as the investigation continues.

One witness that saw the chase pass by her business, Edgemoor Outdoors, says she’s glad it ended without injuries. 

“If he continued on someone was gonna die whether it was the people in that car, or some innocent person on the roadway.” said Jeannie Williams. 

Williams says the first time the chase passed her business, she only heard the sirens. When it returned, she said she saw multiple cars following Dial’s. 

“He was weaving in and out of traffic, flying at least a hundred miles an hour,” Williams said, “I was really afraid that someone was gonna pull out from a side road and not get outta the way and he was gonna hit them.” 

Williams says fifteen to twenty people came into their store to listen to the scanner traffic about the chase, at one point, she heard deputies say strips were put out to blow the driver’s tires. 

“The speeds that they were reaching, how many police officers we saw both times that we saw him. We had no idea what the guy had done, but we knew it had to be something serious.” said Williams. 

Dial also has a warrant out of Roane County.

This is a developing story, stay with WATE 6 On Your Side for more information as it becomes available. 

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