Corryton man led multiple law enforcement agencies in three county pursuit

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TAZEWELL, Tenn. (WATE) – Three Claiborne County law enforcement agencies and neighboring agencies were involved in a pursuit with a suspect in a stolen truck on Highway 33, just after 12 p.m. Friday.

Officers were dispatched to Virgils Automotive after a report of a stolen black Ford F-150.

Tazewell Police Department
(Brooke Jennings – Police pursuit)

After searching the area, officers attempted to stop the vehicle on Hwy. 33, and the suspect fled heading south.

(Brooke Jennings – Police pursuit on Highway 33 in Union County)

New Tazewell Police Department, Tazewell Police Department and Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office pursued the suspect which lead them into Union County. Union County Sheriff’s Office, Maynardville Police Department, and Plainview Police Department assisted to stop the suspect using spike strips.

The pursuit then continued into Knox County where the driver drove into oncoming traffic and intentionally rammed and wrecked one Union County cruiser and damaging another.

(Tazewell Police Department)
(Tazewell Police Department)

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office engaged in the pursuit at the Halls-Crossroads.

The pursuit eventually ended in Corryton, where the suspect, 45-year-old Michael Lee Braden had stopped.

(Tazewell Police Department)

Braden is charged with:

  • Burglary
  • Theft of property over $10,000
  • Two felony evading arrest charges
  • Two aggravated assault charges
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Driving on a revoked license
  • Two Vandalism to government property charges
  • Theft by possession over $10,000

Braden was also already wanted in violation of probation from Tennessee Department of Corrections.

His bond was set at $100,000 in Union County, with additional charges pending in other jurisdictions.

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