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Monday, September 10, 2018

Richardson pursuit and arrest
A Canton, North Carolina man faces charges in two counties following a lengthy pursuit which began in Cocke County just before noon on Saturday. Deputy Chris Barnes said Central Dispatch received a call from Joseph Robert Richardson, 28, Canton, North Carolina, saying an individual in another car had shot at him. Officers responded to West Highway 25/70, where they were told by an off-duty officer that the subject in a Chevrolet Cavalier, appeared to be intoxicated. Officer Barnes spotted the auto operated by Richardson and pursued it west, where the vehicle accelerated to 87 miles per hour.and crossed into the eastbound lane. Near the Jefferson County line, the driver turned around and "produced an object that appeared to be a small automatic handgun and subsequently pointed it at me," the deputy said. Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Coffey said his officers joined in the pursuit on Highway 25/70. His deputies engaged the vehicle and the pursuit went into Dandridge and onto North Highway 92 at speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour, into Jefferson City and then West on Highway 11E toward New Market. Richardson was holding a white piece of paper out of the driver side window during the pursuit and released it in the New Market area. "It was recovered from the roadway by Deputy Andrew Miller while the pursuit was still active, he advised via radio that the paper had the word 'bomb' written on it," the sheriff said. The pursuit continued West on 11E and at one point the suspect vehicle crossed the median for a short distance, and was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of travel toward on-coming traffic. At that point, Deputy Eddie Freeman used his patrol unit on two occasions to push the vehicle off the roadway for the safety of the general public. On the second attempt, the vehicle spun out near Bronze Lane which gave officers an opportunity to establish a rolling roadblock. Deputy Freeman, Seventh District Constable Frank Solomon and Cocke Deputy were able to stop the vehicle. Deputy Barnes said during the attempt to stop Richardson, his cruiser was hit twice and the Jefferson County cruiser also was struck at least twice. The suspect immediately began to resist and was shouting that there was a bomb inside the vehicle. Deputy Freeman used a taser to gain control of the suspect who was handcuffed and detained. Sgt. Donna Greer along with Deputy Miller began to close down US 11E and reroute traffic onto Old AJ Hwy until the suspect vehicle could be cleared. An explosive detecting K-9 along with a Explosive Technician (Bomb Tech) with the Knox County Sheriffs Office responded to the scene and swept the vehicle, finding no explosive. Jefferson County EMS responded to the scene to evaluate the suspect and draw blood to determine his blood alcohol level. Richardson was jailed in the Jefferson County Detention Center on charges of DUI, Aggravated Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Felony Evading Arrest by Motor Vehicle, Speeding and Disobeying a traffic control device. He also faces charges of DUI, Evading Arrest, False Reports, and Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon, in Cocke County.


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