A LaFollette man is facing several charges after he led police officers on a 20-mile long chase down I-75 that reached speeds near 95 miles an hour on Thursday morning.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says that its troopers were asked to assist LaFollette police after they tried to stop a Chevy Impala on Stimking Creek Road, and the driver refused to stop. Troopers joined the pursuit as the driver got on to I-75 South.
State troopers laid down spike strips near mile marker 125 to stop the fleeing driver, and he struck them, damaging at least one of his tires. The driver was able to make it to the Clinton/Norris exit at mile marker 122, where the car struck another vehicle as it turned onto Charles Seivers Boulevard. The pursuit ended when the car crashed at the intersection with Hillvale Road.
The driver, identified as 46-year-old Matthew McCarty of LaFollette, was not injured in the crash, and was arrested and charged with several offenses, including felony evasion, reckless driving, and DUI as well as a host of moving violations. His passenger, a 22-year-old Oliver Springs woman, was injured in the wreck that ended the pursuit, and was treated at, and released from, an area hospital for what were described as minor injuries.
No other injuries were reported in the pursuit.