Suspect Charged in Connection with Deadly Hit & Run Case

Knoxville (WVLT) – Knoxville Police say they have made an arrest in connection with a fatal hit and run that happened Tuesday night.

As of Wednesday afternoon, KPD received about 50 phone calls concerning this case, but it was an anonymous tip called in just before midnight Wednesday night that is to credit for finding the man police say is responsible for the death of a Knoxville teenager.

Twenty-six-year-old Patrick Schlueb is in custody, charged with one count of vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular assault, and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Police say that parts of a van found at the scene of that accident on Elm Street, match that of a van found parked outside of a home on Action Street in Newport.

The van was impounded and is currently being searched.

Cocke County police apprehended Schleub, who was at the home where the van was found.

Knoxville investigators interviewed both Schlueb and his girlfriend, she was not taken into custody.

Police say at this point they do not know why Schlueb was in Knoxville, if he was under the influence at the time of the accident, or why he left the scene.

But do not believe this was a hate crime that injured two teens and killed 17-year-old Elizabeth Bush.

"It appears to be more of an unintentional incident at this point," says Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen.

WVLT has also learned that Schleub is a registered sex offender, listed on Tennessee's Online Registry.

Police tell WVLT about several other charges that Schlueb may have been convicted of in Tennessee, West Virginia, or Ohio.

We're working on confirming those, as well as any new details about this accident, we'll have any new information as it becomes available.

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