Elizabethton Police pursue fleeing suspect in high-speed chase across county lines

Published 9:24 am Friday, September 29, 2023

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On Thursday night, the Elizabethton City Police Department responded to an incident involving the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office pursuit of a gray Kia Sportage SUV. The pursuit initiated on I-26, heading east towards Johnson City, with the suspect vehicle.
The Elizabethton Communications Center provided real-time updates, informing officers of the pursuit’s progression. As the situation evolved, officers were apprised of the pursuit’s entry into Carter County.
Elizabethton Police Department’s Capt. Sexton sought clarification from the Communications Center regarding the nature of the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office’s involvement and the charges they had. It was conveyed that the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office had requested Elizabethton Police Officers to consider deploying stop sticks if deemed feasible.
In the aftermath of the pursuit, when EPD units were notified that the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office had terminated their eastbound pursuit on Highway 67, a gray Kia Sportage SUV unexpectedly entered Buck Van Huss Drive. At the scene, officers, including Cpl. Kemp, observed the vehicle, driven by an individual described as a dark-skinned male, possibly of Hispanic descent.
Despite their efforts, no contact was established with the suspect vehicle or its operator. Law enforcement extended their search into the Elizabethton Golf Course and Wedgewood Circle, both on foot and by patrol vehicle, eventually establishing a perimeter in the vicinity. Later on, Cpl. Mosier and Cpl. Kemp noticed headlights on the east side of the golf course, approximately 80 yards from the pro shop. The vehicle briefly drove southeast through the course before disappearing from sight, with Cpl. Mosier later locating the exit point around Eagle Drive. The precise extent of property damage incurred during this incident remains unknown, given the late hour of the event.

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