SEVIERVILLE - After a daylong hunt, police captured a Knox County man they believe drove his car into a Sevier County river during a chase, drowning a 15-month-old girl strapped in the car.
Members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Knox County Sheriff's Office and the Sevier County Sheriff's Department searched wooded areas Sunday in east Knox County for Christopher Wayne Adams, 30.
Adams was taken into custody late Sunday by Jefferson City police.
He was arraigned in Sevier County Sessions Court on Monday and his bond set at $150,000.
Adams was charged with vehicular homicide, evading arrest and fleeing, a Knox County deputy said.
The chase began late Saturday in Sevier County after deputies said they noticed a 1994 Ford Probe traveling dangerously. The Probe, allegedly driven by Adams, eventually went down a dead-end road and jumped an embankment into the French Broad River.
"They just ran right off the embankment," THP Trooper Matt Fagiana told The Knoxville News Sentinel.
Adams' girlfriend, Misty Dawn Gullett, and her daughter, Angel Marie Gullett, were inside the car. Authorities said the toddler was strapped into a child safety seat.
Gullett tried to save Angel but was unable to rescue her from the submerged car. Gullett was treated and released from Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Adams fled from the scene on foot.
Chattanooga police charge man in crash injuring cop
CHATTANOOGA - A Hixson man has been charged with drunken driving after a car accident that injured a police officer.
Johnny Lee Troupe, 51, has been charged with driving under the influence, failure to yield and driving on a suspended license, police spokesman Ed Buice said on Monday.
Buice said Officer Brian Blumenberg's cruiser was hit at a highway onramp Sunday evening by a van driven by Troupe. Blumenberg was not pursing the van and was not responding to a call when the accident occurred.
Blumenberg suffered a broken pelvis while Troupe was unhurt, Buice said in a statement.