1 arrested, suspects on the run after Gatlinburg police chase

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – One person was arrested and multiple suspects are still on the run after a police chase in Sevier County.

Gatlinburg police say a silver Lexus GS400 was seen almost hitting pedestrians in a marked crosswalk near the Light 3 intersection downtown around 8:44 p.m.

Police tried to stop the vehicle as it continued to drive “erratically and aggressively.” However, the driver fled onto Historic Nature Trail.

The chase was terminated due to high volumes of pedestrian and traffic.

Police believe the Lexus along with a red Chevrolet Cobalt transferred occupants inside the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

The Lexus attempted to run over officers at a roadblock and passed them, according to the report. Police continued the chase on Highway 321, however, the pursuit was terminated.

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office was not able to stop the Lexus when seeing it on Highway 416.

According to the report, the Lexus was pursued by Oak Ridge police a few days earlier.

The City of Oak Ridge says a disturbance was reported on West Wadsworth Circle on July 31. A silver sedan was seen displaying a weapon, according to witnesses. Police saw a vehicle matching the description and tried to make a traffic stop. However, the vehicle fled the area and ignored signals from law enforcement.

Gatlinburg police believe the Cobalt is in “conspiracy” with the Lexus. The vehicle fled from officers after arriving at the roadblock on Historic Nature Trail. Police found the vehicle after it crashed near the Rainbow Falls trailhead.

The driver was arrested, however, the passenger fled on foot and is still on the run.

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