High Speed Chase Ends in Arrest

Knoxville (WVLT) - A high speed chase running through two different counties in the middle of rush hour traffic.

It had authorities chasing a man believed to have stolen a car.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says 40-year-old Robert Craig Winton is under arrest, facing numerous charges after taking deputies on a wild ride.

Alan Williams has more on how it all unfolded.

Anderson County authorities say the pursuit began on Raccoon Valley road around 5 p.m. They say Robert Winton was speeding and refused to pull over in a gold BMW.

From our Eye in the Sky Pete Michaels' vantage point, the pursuit took them to Clinton Highway, where Knox County deputies then took over.

The chase led deputies over the interstate through downtown Knoxville, and then I-640. After reaching a high rate of speed, it was determined it was a potential hazard to other drivers during rush hour, so they backed off.

However, little did the suspect know, he was also being followed by a department helicopter in close pursuit.

The video shows the suspect then made his way to the Wal-Mart shopping center on Millertown Pike. That's when deputies say Winton got out and ran through the store.

After a short chase, he was then caught in the store parking lot.

The Knox County Sheriff's Department says the suspect has a long criminal record dating back more than 25 years.

He faces numerous charges, including car theft, reckless endangerment and fleeing.

Anderson county is also expected to file charges against him.>>

The Knox County Sheriff's Department says the arrest was a direct result of the cooperation between agencies.

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  • by Kevin Rice Location: Oak Ridge on Jul 17, 2007 at 10:03 AM
    This shows how the Anderson Co Sheriff's Dept is doing a very good job on crime an working with other Departments like Knox Co Oak Ridge Good work Anderson Co Sheriff"s Dept an all that work together making our County safer.
  • by Courtney on Jul 17, 2007 at 07:47 AM
    The cops cooperation and high speed chase about killed me and my son. It would have been nice if one of the 6 cars that were chasing the guy could have blocked intersections to keep people from getting harms way of both the driver of the stolen car and the sheriff cars coming around curves on the wrong side of the road (Central Avenue Pike at Callahan). What exactly is the protocol on high speed chases during rush hour.


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