Driver in police pursuit accidentally leads chase directly to Whitley County Detention Center
From WRIL -
Early Wednesday morning July 22, 2020 at approximately 3:00am, Whitley County dispatch was notified of a stolen vehicle pursuit out of Tennessee traveling toward the Kentucky state line in Whitley County.
Kentucky Sate Trooper Donnie Jones attempted to stop the vehicle as it entered Kentucky, but the vehicle fled. Whitley County Deputy Chad Estep joined Trooper Jones at the 6 mm as Williamsburg Police prepared to deploy spike strips at Exit 11 with Sgt Jonas Saunders.
K9 Officer Elijah Hunter successfully deployed the strips, damaging the tires of the stolen vehicle which then vehicle traveled through Williamsburg to elude police.
As the vehicle gave way to the shredded tires, the driver inadvertently chose the roadway leading to the Whitley County Detention Center where the male driver, later identified as 33 year old Scotty Inman of Knoxville, stopped at the sally port of the detention center and then fled on foot. Inman was arrested shortly after by Trooper Jones, assisted by Whitley Deputies.
The sheriff's department stated that multiple agencies worked in collaboration to apprehend a violent offender who showed no regard for the lives of other motorist on Kentucky Roadways. They commended Trooper Jones stating that he "did an outstanding job communicating with outside agencies to allow collaboration that led to a peaceful arrest." The WCSD also stated that "Williamsburg Police Officers Elijah Hunter and Jason Williams were instrumental in disabling the vehicle to keep pursuit speeds as low as possible. Whitley Deputies Chad Estep and Sgt. Jonas Saunders assisted Trooper Jones in the arrest."
Scott Inman was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center charged with:
Speeding 26mph over the limit
Operating a motor vehicle under the influence
Wanton endangerment - 1st degree police officer
Receiving stolen property under $10,000
Fleeing or evading police - 1st degree (motor vehicle)
Fleeing or evading police - 1st degree (on foot)
Criminal possession of a forged instrument - 2nd degree
Criminal mischief - 1st degree
No seat belts
Disregarding a stop sign
No operators license
License to be in possession
Failure to Produce insurance card
and he was served a failure to appear citation