A driver who fled from deputies and later crashed into a truck during the chase has been charged with vehicular homicide since the man he struck has now died, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office.
In addition, authorities charged Ralpheal Coffey, 26, with drugs: manufacture, delivery, sale, or possession of cocaine in amounts greater than .5 grams (or less than .5 grams where defendant carried deadly weapon or the offense resulted in death or bodily injury), simple possession, and driving while privilege suspended.
During Wednesday's chase, Coffey crashed into a Ford F-150 driven by Kevin Bradley, 28 and his passenger Eric Kennedy, 26. The two were taken to UT Medical Center where Bradley was pronounced dead, the sheriff's office said in a release.
Bradley's brother, Adam, says Bradley was about to get married. Family and friends were set to fly to Knoxville on Wednesday and then head Vegas for the bachelor party. Adam Bradley said he was in the airport with his father when authorities called them to say that Kevin Bradley had died.
He said his whole family is in mourning.
"He was one of the hardest workers I've ever seen," said Adam Bradley. "It's devastating, because we lost our mother six months ago."
He also said he was frustrated that deputies initiated the chase.
"It's not like they committed a crime at that moment and were being chased after like they killed somebody," said Bradley. "They just got spotted."
Anderson County Chief Deputy Mark Lucas could not comment directly on the end of the pursuit, but said deputies only following Coffey for a few minutes before he eluded them.
The Knox County Sheriff's Office declined an interview request, but said they were not in active pursuit of Coffey at the moment of the crash.
(KNOXVILLE) A chase that started in Anderson County ended with a crash Wednesday afternoon in Knox County that severely injured several people, including innocent bystanders.
Several law enforcement agencies responded to the corner of Callahan Drive and Central Avenue Pike, where two vehicles crashed into a pole.
Knox County Sheriff's Office said Ralpheal Coffey, 26, was fleeing from the Anderson County Sheriff's Office when he almost hit a Knox County deputy on Heiskell Road.
The deputy turned the cruiser around to chase after Coffey, but then found Coffey's Impala had crashed into a Ford F150 on Central Avenue Pike at Callahan Drive.
KCSO said Coffey, his passenger, the driver of the truck and his passenger were taken to UT Medical Center with incapacitating injuries.
Anderson County officials had told 10News they chased Coffey, who had several outstanding felony warrants, into Knox County, but lost him and terminated the pursuit. They did notify Knox County with the information about the suspect.
Mark Lucas, Chief Deputy for Anderson County, said deputies spotted Coffey on Edgemoor Road, chased him across Clinton Highway onto Racoon Valley Road before losing him.
Lucas said there are multiple arrest warrants for the driver in Anderson County, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs, and Knox County.