Two arrested after police chase in Blount County

(WBIR) Authorities arrested a man and woman from East Tennessee early Saturday morning after they damaged several cars during an overnight police chase.

According to the Blount County Sheriff's Office, Ricky Allen Cromwell Jr., 30, of Townsend, led authorities on a 15 minute chase that ended when he wrecked his van on Tuckaleechee Pike. Cromwell is charged with five counts of aggravated assault, two counts of felony reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest, burglary of a building.

His accomplice, Tiffany Lynn Kilby, 23, of Maryville, is charged with burglary of a building.

Authorities said the chase began when a Blount County deputy saw a van backing out of a vacant trailer's driveway on Russell Road in Rockford.

The deputy pulled the vehicle over, but it sped away when the deputy began to approach the vehicle. The deputy followed the vehicle and several others joined the chase, including authorities from Alcoa and Maryville Police Departments.

The pursuit led to East Lamar Alexander Parkway, and finally ended at the intersection of Tuckaleechee Pike and White Mill Road when the van went into a ditch.

BCSO said one deputy received minor cuts and bruises when he hit a curb and two trees during the chase. Cromwell also hit two Maryville Police vehicles, one Alcoa police vehicle, and two Blount County Sheriff's Office vehicles.

Damage estimates are still under investigation.


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