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Child in car during chase with man wanted on multiple counts

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WVLT) – A man wanted on multiple counts in Tennessee was arrested in East Knoxville following a short pursuit Friday night, according to the communications director for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Kimberly Glenn.

Darrien Metcalf, 26, of Chattanooga, was wanted on charges outside Hamilton County, including possession of a firearm by VOP, attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault, authorities said. responsible.

At around 1:10 p.m. Friday, KCSO deputies and members of the US Marshals of Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force responded to the Big Oaks apartment complex following a report that Metcalf was there. Upon arrival, a report indicated that they were passing each other.

Law enforcement officials caught up with Metcalf and attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Western Avenue and Seventeenth Street; however, he refused to stop and pulled onto I-40 toward Asheville at about 80 miles per hour, according to a police report.

Metcalf reportedly left the freeway on Cherry Street, where he crossed Magnolia Street, making several turns to evade law enforcement, the report noted. During the 25-minute chase, police officials said Metcalf drove through oncoming traffic several times, nearly crashing vehicles.

Eventually, officials pursuing him said they initiated a “pit maneuver” from the rear passenger side of his vehicle, bringing him to a halt. Metcalf ran on foot behind several houses but was stopped, according to the report.

Once deputies approached the vehicle, a male child was found in the back seat behind the driver’s seat.

‘I was unable to see the child during the chase as the windows were tinted,’ a deputy said in a police report.

Officials said the boy’s mother was contacted and said “she knew the child was in the vehicle with the arrested person,” officials said.

Metcalf was charged with escape, flight, reckless endangerment, driving with a suspended license and careless driving, Glenn told WVLT News.

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