The Tennessee Highway Patrol is looking for a suspect who led a multi-county chase that ended with the person getting away after driving the vehicle at high speeds through Knox, Jefferson and Hamblen counties.
Lt. Bill Miller, spokesman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol, said Friday morning that the suspect is wanted on traffic violations.
Miller could not provide specifics of the violations.
Officials did not indicate whether or not the driver faced additional charges unrelated to multiple traffic offenses.
Miller said authorities do not know the name of the suspect.
Miller said troopers tried to pull over a vehicle in Knox County on Interstate 40. The driver of the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed.
After leading authorities on a high-speed chase, the driver later exited Interstate 81 in Jefferson County, driving at excessive speeds on the shoulder while winding in and out of traffic.
The driver left the interstate at Exit 4.
Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Coffey said Friday that his agency did not assist in the pursuit and it was only Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers.
A helicopter from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office aviation unit also assisted in the pursuit.
Troopers lost site of the vehicle and are still looking for the suspect, Miller said. A witness who passed the chase on state Route 66 reported the driver was headed toward state Route 160 with multiple law enforcement agencies and vehicles in pursuit. The vehicle was reportedly lost in west Hamblen County.