Suspect 'intentionally' rammed deputy's vehicle in three-county chase
Officials said a suspect who was arrested following a three-county chase "intentionally rammed and wrecked" a Union County Deputy's cruiser.
The chase started when New Tazewell Police attempted to stop on a vehicle during the search for a reportedly stolen Ford-F150.
According to officials, when an officer attempted to pull the suspect over, he fled southbound on State Highway 33.
Officers from the New Tazewell Police Department, Tazewell Police Department, and the Claiborne County Sheriff's Office immediately began to pursue the suspect.
When the chase entered Union County, officers from the Union County Sheriff's Office, the Maynardville Police Department and the Plainview Police Department assisted in the chase by attempting to stop the vehicle with spike strips. Those attempts were unsuccessful.
The vehicle then allegedly fled into Knox County where the driver went into oncoming traffic. Officials said the driver intentionally rammed and wrecked into a Union County Sheriff's Detective's vehicle and tried to hit another police vehicle.
The pursuit ended in Corryton at Emory Road and Clapps Road.
The driver of the vehicle, Michael Braden, was charged with burglary, theft of property over $10,000, two counts of felony evading arrest, two counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license, two counts of vandalism to government property and theft by possession over $10,00.
KCSO said an Airwatch helicopter also assisted in the pursuit.