Drugs, alcohol found in car after man crashes into KCSO deputy

William Smith, 39, was arrested after reportedly running into a patrol car. / (KCSO)
William Smith, 39, was arrested after reportedly running into a patrol car. / (KCSO)(WVLT)
Published: Dec. 20, 2019 at 11:02 AM EST
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The Knox County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday a deputy was hospitalized after a chase for a "potentially dangerous suspect" ended in a crash on Magnolia Avenue.

KCSO officials said the deputy sustained a concussion after the cruiser was hit head-on in the wreck. The deputy was taken to the hospital. A Knoxville Police forensic unit was also struck.

KCSO officials identified the suspect in the chase as William Smith, 39. Smith was also taken to the hospital, KCSO said. According to KCSO, Smith faces multiple charges including evading arrest, DUI, possession of drugs, vehicular and aggravated assault.

Officials said they were conducting an investigation near Tarelton Avenue Friday morning. Deputies said they saw Smith run from the area of the investigation and later saw him circling the area in a gold Honda. Officials said they saw Smith driving without a seatbelt and with tags registered to a different vehicle. According to reports, as deputies attempted to pull Smith over he accelerated and refused to stop.

Reports state Smith led deputies on a chase where he continuously drove on the wrong side of the road on Cherry Street. Officials said Smith drove at a high speed through a residential area without due regard to other drivers or pedestrians.

According to reports, Smith then intentionally drove directly into the patrol car. Smith then reportedly drove through a construction zone and continued into oncoming traffic.

KCSO officials said Smith drove directly head-on into another deputies vehicle before he spun and hit a Knoxville Police Department Forensics vehicle. According to court documents, Smith injured three officers during the chase.

After a short chase on foot, deputies said they tackled Smith who resisted arrest. Smith was taken into custody by deputies.

Investigators said 1/4 ounce of methamphetamine, nearly 1,6 grams of crack cocaine, 4 grams of marijuana, a set of digital scales and a partially empty bottle of whiskey was found in Smith's car.

Officials said Smith had dilated pupils, slurred speech and was unable to stand on his own.

Magnolia Avenue at Kirkwood Street near the fairgrounds reopened around 11:30 a.m. after officials closed westbound lanes for nearly an hour during an investigation of the scene.

Sheriff Spangler credited his officers for a job well done and said he extends his prayers to the officer that was injured in the line of duty.

An investigation by the Sheriff's Office remains ongoing.

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