Newport police high speed chase ends with suspect getting away

NEWPORT, Tenn. (WVLT) Newport Police officers chased a suspect wanted for aggravated assault charges through the streets of downtown and then onto the interstate before finally calling off the pursuit.

Police Chief Maurice Shults said the driver of a Chevy Impala was seen driving 55 miles per hour in a 30 mile an hour zone in Newport. When officers tried to pull the car over, the man wouldn't stop.

There were several times where the man used his turn signals while trying to evade police.

"I think the highest speeds that I looked at in the (dash cam) video was 102 miles per hour," Chief Shults said.

The man then signaled he was turning right onto Interstate 40 at mile marker 432.

"The effort here is to keep the traffic cleared away and not cause anyone to be injured," Chief Shults explained.

Chief Shults added that, unlike most police chases, this one didn't have a suspect that was driving erratically or swerving to make cars crash.

At one point on the interstate, the driver of the Impala approached a construction zone with only one lane open for traffic. Chief Shults said the driver patiently waited behind a motor home while in the construction zone, and then took off to continue on his way.

"He's running 40 miles an hour over the speed limit here," Chief Shults said.

The driver was even able to avoid the stop sticks that a sheriff's deputy threw in front of the car.

Police eventually called off the pursuit, allowing the man to continue on.

Chief Shults said the man exited the highway and crashed his car and was able to run away without being caught. He is still looking to bring him in on charges of aggravated domestic assault, speeding, parole violation, evading arrest and driving with a revoked license.


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