Pursuit of duo who shot at Knox deputies ends in Hamblen

A chase from Knoxville into Hamblen County Wednesday morning resulted in arrests of two Loudon County residents.

Danny Kevin Chavis, 55, and Paige Nicole Nicholson, 38, both of Loudon County, are facing multiple charges in the chase, according to a press release from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Chavis faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, employing a firearm during a felony and possession of Schedule II drugs. He is being held in Knox County detention facility on a $1,050,000 bond.

Nicholson is charged with two counts of facilitation of first-degree murder and possession of Schedule II drugs. Her bond was set at $1 million.

A Knox County deputy attempted a traffic stop at 2:27 a.m. on a Ford Explorer traveling East bound on Kingston Pike, the release said.

The pair did not stop the SUV. The driver was not identified.

Chavis fired shots from the Explorer at the deputy. There was no report that any of the bullets struck the police cruiser.

The deputy pursued the Explorer and Chavis fired more shots.

Law enforcement officers chased the Explorer eastbound on Interstate 81 through Knox, Sevier and Jefferson counties before ending up in Hamblen County.

Law enforcement officers set spike strips off Interstate 81 and an officer was able to utilize a pursuit intervention technique, or PIT maneuver, to bring the chase to a close.

The PIT maneuver is a pursuit tactic by which a pursuing car can force a fleeing car to either turn sideways abruptly, causing the driver to lose control and stop.

Chavis and Nickolson were taken into custody at 3:04 a.m. without further incident.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, along with sheriff’s offices from Hamblen, Jefferson and Sevier counties, and the White Pine Police Department, all helped to capture Chavis and Nicholson.

The investigation is ongoing.