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Suspect’s actions result in serious injuries

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By Jennifer Caldwell

Fleeing from police proved to be a grave mistake for a LaFollette man hoping to escape the long arm of the law.

On Monday LaFollette Police Officer Bill Owens noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a downtown gas station. Upon closer inspection of the car Owens saw the passenger window of the 1999 Chevrolet was broken out. 

As Owens exited his patrol car to approach the driver, later identified as Chuckie D. Elkins, Elkins jumped through the window despite Owens command to stop and allegedly left the scene at a high rate of speed, according to reports.

Owens fell into a pursuit with lights and sirens activated while Elkins continued at “an extreme high rate of speed with a complete disregard for public safety.”

After losing site of Elkins, Owens discontinued the pursuit.

A short time later Sgt. Rick Ford discovered Elkins’ car over an embankment on Highway 25W. Records indicate emergency personnel including the LaFollette Rescue Squad responded to the scene. 

Elkins was extricated from the vehicle and transported to St. Mary’s of Campbell County’s emergency room. However, due to the extent of his injuries he was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center via Lifestar.

A continued investigation revealed Elkins is wanted on a number of outstanding felony warrants in LaFollette and surrounding areas, Owens report said.