Teens dead after car chase ends in French Broad River

Crews are searching the French Broad River in Sevier County for a suspect who was trying to...
Crews are searching the French Broad River in Sevier County for a suspect who was trying to evade deputies / Source: (WVLT/ Pete Michaels)(WVLT)
Published: Oct. 23, 2019 at 8:14 AM EDT
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According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, two people are dead after a chase by deputies ended with a car crashing into the French Broad River.

Two teenagers, a 19-year-old male driver and 17-year-old female passenger, were killed in the incident.

According to authorities, the chase began sometime during the early morning hours of Wednesday after a suspect refused to stop. The sheriff's office said deputies saw a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Douglas Dam Road and tried to catch up with it.

The sheriff's office said one deputy believed the vehicle may have turned on Pollard Road. After investigating, deputies said they saw debris which led them to believe the vehicle crashed into the river.

THP said the incident was not an active pursuit.

According to the report from THP, neither teens wore a seat belt.

Crews searched the water for several hours after the crash.

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