Knox County man leads deputies on bizarre chase, crashes 4 times

CLAXTON (WATE) РA driver in Anderson County is facing over two dozen charges after crashing, fleeing the scene and passing out at the wheel, leading deputies on a chase, then finally crashing in a ditch.

Larry Eugene Ward was charged with driving under the influence, driving without a license or registration, aggravated assault, evading arrest and leaving the scene of an accident, among other charges.

Larry Ward (source: Anderson County Sheriff’s Office)


Deputies said Ward’s vehicle crashed on Clinton Highway and he fled the scene.

Later, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department received a call that Ward’s vehicle was stopped in the center lane on Bull Run Road and he was slumped over the wheel.

When officers arrived at Bull Run Road they asked him if he knew where he was and Ward told them he thought he was at the Hitching Post, a bar on Clinton Highway. Deputies attempted to pull him out of his vehicle, and said he attempted to flee the scene, dragging a constable close to 50 feet before a deputy was able to pull the constable from the vehicle. WATE 6 On Your Side talked to the constable, Jennings Foust, who said he is okay.

Ward continued to travel West on Bull Run Road, while deputies pursued him.

In a driveway, deputies said Ward attempted to pull around, when he struck a deputy’s patrol car, then continued traveling eastbound on Bull Run Road, where it struck the constable’s unoccupied car and nearly struck an ambulance. Foust told WATE 6 On Your Side it was like a scene out of Dukes of Hazard. He said Ward ‘s car only had two wheels on the ground while the other two were up on the side of the Foust’s car.

Deputies said Ward continued traveling eastbound on Bull Run Road, where it struck another vehicle, traveling on Bull Run Road, then crashed into a ditch. That’s when Ward took off into the woods on foot before being apprehended by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.

Ward is charged with:

  • Violation implied consent law
  • Driving uninsured
  • Violation of registration law
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to report accident
  • Failure to maintain single lane
  • Leaving scene of accident
  • Driving under the influence
  • Open container
  • Failure to step and render aid
  • Seat-belt law
  • Hit and run of a vehicle
  • Probation violation
  • Assault
  • Driving uninsured
  • Violation registration law
  • Aggravated assault
  • Evading arrest
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Resisting arrest
  • Reckless driving
  • Intoxication

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