Six hurt, DUI charges after Sweetwater chase and fiery crash

2:46 PM, Apr 27, 2013   |    comments
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A police chase Friday night in Sweetwater ended with six people in hospitals.

Police said it started as a 911 call just after 7:20 about a man waving a gun.

They said Steven Avener Carter, 34, of Sweetwater was waving a pistol and pointing it at people, including two toddlers, from inside a car on Wright Street.

When police found Carter, they attempted to pull him over, but said he drove off instead. Authorities began chasing him through several neighborhoods and said he ran at least six stop signs.

Sweetwater officer Suzanne Ward said Carter eventually crashed his vehicle on Oakland Road, which ended the police chase.  Three other vehicles were also involved in the crash.

Ward said Carter's car caught on fire, and the officer involved with the pursuit helped pull the man from the burning car.

Steven Carter faces numerous charges and was taken to Sweetwater's hospital, along with four other people.  Lifestar flew a sixth person to UT Medical Center for more serious injuries.  Officials said all these injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

Carter is charged with five counts of vehicular assault, six counts of aggravated assault, one count of felony evading arrest, DUI, reckless driving, among others. 

The driver of one of the other cars in the crash, Gregory Yearwood, 45, was charged with DUI and possession of a stolen vehicle.  After the crash, police determined the car Yearwood was driving was reported missing from Knox County.

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