Dash cam video of a high-speed car chase that happened over the weekend in Blount County has been released to 10News. It shows the suspect and officers took a wild ride from Newfound Gap Road in the National Park to West Blount County.
Sheriff's deputies arrested LaFollette resident Brian Keith Ivey following the chase. The 38-year old remains in jail, facing both state and federal charges.
Here's what happened, according to both Park officials and a Blount County Sheriff's Office spokesperson: A park ranger witnessed Ivey allegedly breaking in to a vehicle in the park at 10:50 on Sunday morning. The pursuit started from there.
The dash cam video picks it up when deputies got involved at 11:20 a.m. By that time, Ivey had led the ranger on a 20 minute chase through the park in his Ford pick-up. Sheriff's deputies took over at the Townsend Wye.
The pursuit continued west through Maryville and part of Alcoa. Then Ivey traveled south on the U.S 129 bypass and continued on U.S. Highway 321 west. He eventually turned on to a private gravel drive off of Big Springs Road.
Some of the video looks like a chase scene from a movie as vehicles bounce through the rugged terrain of the field. The high-speed antics ended when Ivey crashed his truck in some trees. Officers arrested Ivey, who was not injured.
Ivey is charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, and felony evading arrest. The National Park Service also tells 10News federal charges are pending; the U.S. Attorney's office is currently reviewing them.