Derek Tucker Smith (Courtesy: Knox Co. Sheriff's Office)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Knoxville man faces multiple charges after he allegedly admitted to texting while going over 90 mph, then leading police on a chase that reached triple-digit speeds.
According to police reports, Derek Tucker Smith was heading east on I-40 near the West Hills interchange shortly before 6:00 a.m. on Sunday when an officer spotted his car swerving with its emergency flashers on. The officer said Smith's red Honda Accord accelerated to over 90 mph, at which time he flipped on his lights and pulled Smith over.
Smith reportedly explained to the officer he was low on gas and had been reading a text instead of paying attention to his speed. Smith then handed over his license, but said he had no proof of insurance.
The officer said he returned to his patrol car and proceeded to write a ticket. After finishing, he called out for Smith to come back to officer's car. Smith initially replied "What?" but instead of getting out after the officer repeated himself, Smith allegedly took off.
Smith had topped 100 mph by the time he exited onto Papermill Dr., forcing the officer to break off the chase.
He was later arrested and charged with Reckless Driving, Evading Arrest, Texting or emailing while Driving, and Driving without a License in Possession.