One Person Arrested After High Speed Chase

(WVLT) - One man is in custody after an hour long high speed chase through several counties.

Caryville Police Chief Bill Widener says Walter Geter of Knoxville is accused of almost hitting a police officer with his car at a Caryville convenience store and then leading authorities on a high speed chase through Campbell, Anderson, and Knox Counties.

Geter was arrested near the Lovell Road on I-40 West about 1:30 Tuesday morning.

Police say Geter reached speeds of up to 120 miles per hour during the chase.

As of now, Geter faces charges of aggravated assault, felony endangerment, resisting arrest, as well as several other charges.

No one was hurt in the incident.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Knoxville on Oct 13, 2007 at 10:56 PM
    I've known Walter for years. He is a kind, sweet, caring person. There is REALLY something wrong with this picture. I certainly hope that it is well investigated.
  • by Knox Location: Knoxville on Oct 11, 2007 at 11:42 PM
    So I'd bet in court there is no proof put on about shooting. It is a lot of hype to justify a 3 county high speed chase. If you're so righteous why do you post as "Anonymous"?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 5, 2007 at 12:40 AM
    blah, blah, blah enough already. Shooting at someone is not a misdemeanor nor is trying to strike an officer with a vehicle which is aggravated assault both are Felonies (I say that was justified). Bottom line people have no respect for Law Enforcement any where, that is why we have some many crimnals that think they can out run the law.
  • by Phil Location: Knoxville on Oct 4, 2007 at 10:09 PM
    Hmm, I challenge everyone to read case law about high speed pursuits especially for misdemeanor violations and tell me this 120mph chase was justified. Caryville does not have enough money in the bank to pay that sort of judgment. Chief, you better put a pursuit policy in place. Your officers were very, very lucky. I hope none of your citizens meet a Caryville P.D. "Dukes of Hazard" cop head-on at 120 mph chasing a reckless driver. High speed chases are like using deadly force. A traffic charge and “almost hittin an officer” doesn't give officers a blank check to then chase a "fleeing felon" 35 miles at 120mph. This is just junk policing, poor training, very bad supervision and no policy. I sure wouldn't be bragging about his one in the press.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 4, 2007 at 08:31 AM
    No one was hurt, officers use there judgement and would have discontinued if it was too dangerous at no time would they ever put the public in danger.
  • by Phil Location: Knoxville on Oct 4, 2007 at 12:04 AM
    Reckless driving and we endanger entire communities to catch him.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 3, 2007 at 09:59 PM
    Phil you need to do little more research, this was not a county deputy that started the pursuit it was a Caryville City patrolman and neither is B.S. redneck. Campbell Co is not some place that is stuck back in the sticks like you want to make it sound after all Knoxville is just a county away. It is a beautiful, quite, peaceful place, you should visit sometime just dont be breaking the law because Law Enforcement in Campbell Co dont take B.S. from anyone. People dont run from the police for no reason there is always a reason.
  • by Anon Location: Knoxville on Oct 3, 2007 at 08:45 PM
    I have known and worked with this man for years and he is a fine person. I am certain there is more to this story--another side that will help explain his actions. We have all made poor choices and he may be guilty of that but what is being portrayed is in NO WAY the person we know. There has to be more to it because this is just not him. Something is not right here.
  • by LOL Location: Knoxville on Oct 3, 2007 at 02:36 PM
    Well Phil your wrong! The charge that might have been probable cause for the stop could have been reckless driving, a misdemeanor. But when this idiot leads police on a high speed pursuit it becomes fleeing by motor vehicle, a felony. Also reckless endangerment with a motor vehicle is also a felony. He might be a good guy, but HE made a poor choice! The answer to this is a person is responsible for their own actions. And its even more simple than that, Just stop!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 3, 2007 at 11:23 AM
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