Officer Dragged by Car; Suspect on Loose

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Knoxville (WVLT) - A Knoxville Police officer is out of the hospital, but the suspect that police say injured him, is still on the loose.

It all started with an overnight traffic stop.

Police have been using K-9's on the ground and have also been searching by air for about eight hours now.

It all started when Knoxville Police say a man driving a white Malibu ran a stop sign on Washington Avenue near Cherry Street at about 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Deputy Tim Edwards pulled the suspect over.

Police say the man wouldn't comply with officers, so officer Edwards reached into the car to turn the engine off.

When he did, the suspect took off, which knocked Edwards to the ground.

Officers pursued the vehicle until Rutledge Pike. That's when officers stopped following him due to the high speed of the chase.

But the suspect didn't get far; the engine of the vehicle he was driving blew on Ashville Highway.

The suspect then fled by foot, into the woods.

"We’re trying to locate this individual at this point. Obviously, we're concerned with him being in this area," says KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk. "Obviously he ran from the officers for a reason, we don't know if he was wanted, if he had a weapon on him, we have to assume the worst case scenario at this point."

There have been possible sightings of the suspect in the Holston Hills area.

They say he is a white man, with blonde hair, and has several tattoos.

He wasn't wearing any shoes.

If you have seen him or have any information you should call 215-7212

We'll update you on all day, and also bring you the latest on the search beginning FIRST at 4:00.

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