KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) Knoxville Police have identified two people charged after a high speed chase through Knoxville that ended when the suspect's car stalled on railroad tracks near West High School.
Nicholas Edward Hunley, 40, and Connie Moore, 37, were arrested inside a stolen pickup truck off Tobler Road around 10:00 a.m. Friday morning.
Hunley and Moore are both charged with burglary and felony theft. Hunley is charged with felony evading arrest, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal impersonation. Knoxville Police say more charges my be filed against both.
Hunley is on probation and has a very lengthly history of property crimes, according to KPD spokesperson Darrell BeBusk.
DeBusk says Hunley was behind the wheel during the chase. He says police officers were told to be on the lookout for the stolen vehicle yesterday.
An officer spotted it today and, according to DeBusk the suspects fled at high rates of speed through West Knoxville streets.
According to dispatch reports, the suspects fled from police at speeds approaching 70 miles per hour on Liberty Street, Division Street, and Sutherland in West Knoxville.
The car finally stalled on the railroad tracks just off Tobler Road. Tobler runs just off of Sutherland Road.
DeBusk says a woman suspect in the vehicle was taken into custody almost immediately, but the man was trying to light a crack pipe while still seated at the wheel of the disabled pickup.
Police finally were able to remove him from the car, but he was bitten by a police dog during the arrest. He has been taken to U.T. Medical Center for what DeBusk describes as minor injuries.
Sources tell Volunteer TV News, the suspects may be wanted in connection with several area drugstore robberies. DeBusk would only say they are suspects in several robberies.
Complicating the situation, a train was headed toward the area. Police dispatchers say they were able to get the train stopped in time.
West High School was put on what school spokesperson Russ Oaks calls a modified lockdown for a brief time. He says classes were going on as normal, but the outer doors of the school are locked.
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