Suspect causes crash after fleeing from Knoxville police

Benjamin Jardet (Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A driver was trapped in an overturned vehicle after a crash on Interstate 40 Tuesday in Knoxville.

The crash happened on I-40 East at Rutledge Pike around 8:07 p.m after Benjamin Jardet fled from Knoxville police in a gold Toyota Land Cruiser.

A police officer was trying to do a traffic stop on James White Parkway near Summit Hill Drive after almost being run off the roadway by Jardet.

Police decided to end the pursuit two miles away after speeds reached up to 90 mph.

The report says two minutes later, the 911 Center received a call about a crash on I-40 E.

Jardet drove off the roadway and hit a Honda CRV which was entering the interstate from Rutledge Pike.

The report says the Honda overturned and the driver had to be extricated. The driver of the Honda was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators say Jardet tried to flee on foot but was caught by officers.

Jardet faces charges for driving under the influence. Additional charges may be to come.

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