A multi-agency vehicle pursuit Tuesday evening, safely ended in the capture of a Loudon County man who was wanted by the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office and Lenoir City Police Department. He now has additional charges from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.
At approximately 4 pm on Tuesday, November 8th, Blount County Sheriff’s Office deputies located a stolen Ford F-150 on Highway 321 in Blount County, driven by Christopher McClanahan. McClanahan was wanted by the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office and Lenoir City Police Department after he stole two vehicles the night prior.
Blount County Deputies activated their emergency equipment and attempted to stop McClanahan, who was reported to be suicidal and homicidal, but he refused to stop and accelerated to evade arrest. Blount County Sheriff’s Office pursued McClanahan into Loudon County where LCSO deputies then became involved in the pursuit. McClanahan avoided spike strips at the intersection of Hwy 321 and Hwy 11 in Lenoir City. He then continued up Hwy 11 towards Knoxville. McClanahan led deputies into Knox County where he struck two vehicles at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Smith Road. Loudon County, Blount County and Knox County deputies took McClanahan into custody.
The driver of one of the vehicles refused treatment, and the other driver was taken to an area hospital for treatment to non-life threatening injuries. McClanahan was also taken to the hospital for treatment before being transported to the Blount County Correctional Facility late Tuesday evening.
McClanahan also faces charges out of Lenoir City Police Department and the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.