Search on for driver involved in hit and run of Knox deputy

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- The search continues for the person responsible for rear-ending a Knox County deputy's cruiser and then leaving the scene.

Dispatchers say it happened last night near the intersection of Asheville Highway and Straw Plains Pike just after 11:00 p.m., in East Knox County.

Investigators say Officer Ernie Bowman was on duty and stopped at a red light when the van slammed into the back of his patrol car.

The suspect then backed up and took off at a high rate of speed.

Officer Bowman was treated at U.T. Medical Center and released.

If you have any information call the Knox County Sheriff's Department