Man wanted in Oregon arrested in Knoxville

A man with an active parole violation for robbery out of Oregon was arrested on Wednesday in Knoxville.

An officer with the Knoxville Police Department stopped a Lincoln Continental traveling on Vermont Avenue near Meade Street at about 3:48 p.m. for a violation of state registration. According to a release from KPD, the driver, later identified as 36-year-old Fred Driggs, stopped the car and fled on foot.

The officer chased Driggs and caught him approximately one block away. Officials said Driggs resisted arrest and during the altercation threw a bag of drugs over a fence. A 9mm handgun fell from Drigg's person onto the ground, the release said.

Driggs was taken into custody without further incident. Officials found 92 grams of heroin and 23 grams of methamphetamine, with an estimated total street value of $21,000.

The handgun was reported stolen from a north Knoxville home burglary. Officials found $2,068 in cash, a digital scale and other drug paraphernalia in Drigg's possession.

Driggs was charged with: felony possession of heroin in a school zone, felony possession of methamphetamine in a school zone, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, felony possession of a weapon with the intent to go armed, felony tampering with evidence, driving on a suspended drivers license, violation of state registration law, evading arrest, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Drigg's is being held on bonds totaling $179,000.