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Claiborne to Knox County pursuit details

Updated: Nov 16, 2019

From Tazewell Police Chief Jeremy Myers - Picture from the Claiborne County Jail

Michael Lee Braden - CCJ

On Friday November 15, 2019 at 12:06pm Tazewell Police Department Officer Andrew Sturgill and Chief Jeremy Myers were dispatched to Virgil's Automotive locates at 1804 North Broad Street in Tazewell in reference to a stolen black Ford F-150.


Officers from the Tazewell Police Department New Tazewell Police Department and Claiborne County Sheriff's Office began an immediate search of the area.

New Tazewell Police Department Detective Lieutenant Gary Ruszkowski attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle on State Hwy. 33 and the vehicle fled southbound. All three agencies engaged in a pursuit of the vehicle leading them into Union County where Union County Sheriffs Office, Maynardville Police Department and Plainview Police Department also assisted in trying to stop the vehicle with spike strips.

The pursuit went into Knox County where the driver went into oncoming traffic and intentionally rammed and wrecked Union County Sheriffs Detective Randy Summers and then attempted to crash Deputy Daniel Runions causing damage to that cruiser. The Knox County Sheriff's Office picked up the pursuit through Halls-Crossroads. The pursuit ended in Corryton where the suspect came to a stop.

Michael Lee Braden of Sharps Chapel, Tn. is charged with Burglary, Theft of Property over $10,000, Felony Evading Arrest x2, Aggravated Assault x2, Reckless Endangerment, Driving on Revoked, Vandalism to Government Property x2, Theft by Possession over $10,000.


Mr. Braden was also wanted in violation of probation from TDOC. We would like to thank all of our law enforcement partners in assisting us in taking this individual into custody.

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