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Accused kidnapper leads police on chase with 2 children in the car

By: Lorena Estrada
By: Lorena Estrada

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It was a scary scene on the road for some drivers in Lenoir City Saturday afternoon.

Loudon County dispatch received numerous calls about a Nissan SUV driving erratically on highway 321. The driver was reported driving on the wrong side of the road at high speeds to getting out of the car and laying across the road.

Local 8 News got a hold of the video from the pursuit, where you could see a Lenoir City Police cruiser caught up with the SUV. The man behind the wheel was Hayward Jimcoily of Nashville.

It is still unclear why Jimcoily was in the area. According to relatives, he drove off with his two children without the mother knowing where they were headed. The children, ages 3 and 5, were reported missing Saturday morning.

When the light turned green, Jimcoily took off. But when Officer Jason Butler went to pull him over, he lead the officer on a chase with his two children in the car.

"As the vehicle traveled another half a mile or so on highway 321, he switched into the southbound lane going the wrong way. The officer immediately terminated the pursuit," said Lenoir City Police Chief Don White.

Officer Butler lost the driver but not for long.

"He (Butler) continued on highway 321 and noticed a lot of cars on the side of the road," White said.

Nearly a dozen cars pulled over to stay out of harm's way and report what they had just seen. Witnesses told police Jimcoily threw a young child out of the car and onto the median.

Jimcoily went back for his 3-year-old daughter and that's when he encountered police.

Authorities said he was asked to surrender, instead, he held on to his daughter and told police "you'll have to kill me."

Jimcoily then attempted to get back in his car when officer Butler used his tazer on him and arrested him.

Fortunately, no one was injured and the two kids are back in Nashville with their mother.

Jimcoily is facing several charges including 2 counts of especially aggravated kidnapping and child abuse, reckless driving and evading arrest.


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