Authorities capture wanted Florida man in Smokies

Noah J. Davis (source: Putnam County, Florida, Sheriff's Office)

UPDATE 3:34 p.m. Park rangers say suspect Noah J. Davis is in custody and is being taken to the Blount County jail.


GATLINBURG (WATE) – Great Smoky Mountains National Park crews are working to find a wanted man who ran from park rangers after they pulled his car over in the park.

A park spokesperson says around 3 p.m. Thursday, a park ranger pulled over a car on Little River Road in the Meigs Falls area. The adult male driver, identified as Noah J. Davis, 35, of Putnam County, Florida, ran through the river and into the woods.

Park rangers established a perimeter and units with Knox, Sevier and Blount counties, as well as K-9 units helped search for the man.

On Friday, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office brought in aerial support using FLIR, Forward Looking Infared Radar.

Davis is wanted for violating parole conditions.

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