Suspect wrecks into telephone pole while fleeing from Knoxville Police

A Knoxville man is in custody after wrecking his vehicle into a telephone pole on Chapman Highway after Knoxville Police Department officers attempted to pull him over for reckless driving./ Source: WVLT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Knoxville man is in custody after wrecking his vehicle into a telephone pole on Chapman Highway when Knoxville Police Department officers attempted to pull him over for reckless driving.

William Franklin Martin was arrested after he was seen on Chapman Highway early Saturday morning swerving between lanes near Blount Avenue.

According to the report, an officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but Martin pulled up to the order screen at McDonald's.

Martin then sped away and led police on a high-speed chase until he crashed his vehicle into a telephone pole near Taliwa Court.

Officers determined Martin was driving impaired after finding alcohol inside the vehicle. Records showed he was driving with a revoked license.

Officers reported a handgun lying in the driver's side floorboard. Official reports said the firearm was reported stolen from Johnson City. KPD also said officers confiscated hundreds of dollars in cash on Martin.

Knoxville Police said Martin is a convicted felon out of Knox County and North Carolina.

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