From The Tazewell Police Department -
On Saturday, April 27, 2019 at approximately 3:05pm Tazewell Officer Isaac Cline was on patrol on U.S. Hwy. 25E northbound near Dogwood Heights. Officer Cline observed a maroon car traveling southbound at a high rate of speed passing cars through the center turning lane.
Officer Cline then activated his front radar and observing the vehicles speed to be 82 in a 45 mph zone. The officer then attempted to catch up with the car, but due to the high rate of speed and erratic driving he was unable to get close enough to get a tag.
Officer Cline radioed the vehicle in and Officer Jason Pabon who was near the Cedar Fork Rd. intersection observed the vehicle. The driver, later identified as 20 year old Jeremy Sulfridge of Tazewell, made a quick left onto Old Hwy. 25E and still continued to evade officers.
Sulfridge then turned across the parking lot at England Furniture and back onto U.S. Hwy. 25E Southbound. The officers lost sight of the vehicle near Southern Outdoors and radioed ahead requesting assistance from New Tazewell Police Department and the Claiborne County Sheriffs Office.
As the officers came around the curve they saw that the fleeing vehicle had struck a semi- truck trailer in the rear which was stopped at the traffic light along with other cars. The drivers of all vehicles were miraculously uninjured. It was discovered that the maroon Nissan Maxima Sulfridge was driving was reported stolen earlier in the day to New Tazewell Police Department from the United Grocery Outlet. According to witnesses, Sulfridge was driving erratically long before coming into contact with law enforcement.
Chief Jeremy Myers responded to the scene to check the status of the officers and involved parties. Tennessee Highway Patrol was requested to work the accident due to the pursuit involving the agencies named.
Jeremy Sulfridge was lodged in the Claiborne County Jail charged with speeding - 82 in a 45mph zone, 3 counts of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, felony evading arrest, driving on a revoked license, failure to exercise due care, theft of property over $1,000 - motor vehicle, and driving left of center roadway.