KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Law enforcement chased a car connected to a missing person case through East Tennessee Friday and arrested a man from New York.
A report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol says another driving originally called to report the blue Kia for reckless driving. A trooper stopped the car on Interstate 40 westbound at mile marker 401. The trooper asked Sevilla for identification but could only provide a credit card with his name on it.
Dispatchers looked up the vehicle’s tag number and found it was linked to a missing person from the state of New York. Sevilla abruptly took off going west on I-40 at speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour, passing vehicles on the shoulder. Officers began pursuit.
When the Kia encountered traffic congestion inside the Knoxville city limits, THP called the pursuit off. Other agencies continued to pursue the vehicle westbound. THP troopers picked up the pursuit near the Campbell Station Road exit. Troopers saw Sevilla throw several items out the window in Loudon County, which he later said were his driver’s license and Social Security card.
The chase continued at a high rate of speed through Loudon and Monroe counties, reaching 130 miles per hour while still passing vehicles on the shoulder. Officers tried to spike the vehicle’s tires near mile marker 76 on Interstate 75, but Sevilla kept going.
Sevilla eventually crashed on I-75 in McMinn County near mile marker 53 after making contact with patrol vehicles from other agencies involved in the pursuit. Sevilla was taken to the Knox County Detention Center.