Multi-County pursuit ends with an arrest in Knox county

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KNOX COUNTY (WATE) – A multi-county pursuit, through Jefferson county and Knox county, ends in a fiery crash and a person arrested, Saturday night.

The pursuit began in Jefferson County when a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer attempted to pull over a 2005 Ford Escape, due to driving at a high rate of speed and the Ford Escape almost rear ending the THP cruiser.

The officer successfully pulled over the driver of the Ford Escape, Chris Bailey. As the officer approached the Ford Escape, Bailey drove off and the officer followed in pursuit.

The officer pursued Bailey for 16 miles until reaching mile marker 402 travelling Westbound on I-40.

Bailey, attempting to elude officers, attempted to take exit 402, ran up the left side of the ramp and traveled through the grass median striking numerous trees. Bailey’s car caught on fire and was extinguished by Knoxville Fire Department.

Bailey originally refused medical treatment, but later complained of pain. He was transported to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, where he was found to have a broken clavicle. He was treated and left the hospital two hours later.

He was then transported to Jefferson County Justice Center for booking.

He is charged with felony evading, DUI, 2nd offense and reckless driving.

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