An 18-minute police chase of a Morristown man across Hamblen County, who tried to ram two deputies’ crusiers, led to a woman and a child being airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center Saturday.
Caleb West, 19, Sequoyah Drive in Morristown, was arrested Saturday and faces multiple charges.
A woman, who was a passenger in his car, and a two-year-old child in the back were both airlifted after he crashed his car on Louise Avenue. It was not known their condition as of press time.
“They ended up going airborne, he lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree,” said Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Statler Collins.
The passenger in the vehicle could also face charges, Collins said.
Authorities said West was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, felony evading, driving left of center, child endangerment, numerous charges of running a stop sign, violation of driver registration and driving on a suspended license.
The chase began when deputies were called to Sequoyah Drive due to reports West was threatening a person who lived on the road. As they were speaking with the complainant, West drove by.
Deputies tried to stop him.
“He took off,” Collins said.
That led to a chase with deputies pursuing West on several roads throughout the county including U.S. Highway 25E, state Route 160 and Springvale Road.
Several times while on the four-lane highways, West drove on the wrong side of the road to evade deputies and, at one point, tried to hit two deputies’ cars who were trying to stop him, Collins said.
The car chase ended after West blew through a stop sign on Louise Avenue and lost control of his car in the vicinity of Morristown Fire Station No. 1. He got out of the car and tried to run on foot.
Deputies chased and apprehended him three blocks away on Harrison Street.
Collins said during the chase the passenger was seen throwing packages out of the window.
He said deputies did recover some of the packages and found a “green leafy plant-like” substance inside.
The investigation is ongoing.