Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers initiated a pursuit on Interstate 75 Monday which ended in the arrest of a Georgia man, as well as one law enforcement officer going to a local hospital after the suspect crashed into the deputy’s patrol car.
Deputy Kolby Duckett was taken to a local hospital for a checkup following the incident in which Scott D. Mullis, 35, evaded THP trooper Kevin Hoppe for several miles in the high-speed chase.
Just after 7 p.m., Hoppe attempted to stop the driver of a 2004 Dodge Dakota, according to THP information officer Sgt. Bill Miller.
The driver, later identified as Mullis, began to evade the trooper on southbound I-75, near mile marker 40.
Hoppe noted the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed and was passing vehicles on the shoulder of the interstate. Hoppe also said the driver swerved the truck toward his THP cruiser.
According to Hoppe’s report, the driver slowed down at times during the pursuit.
As Mullis entered Bradley County, THP trooper Phillip Reagan attempted to stop the truck by deploying spike strips at the Paul Huff Parkway exit from the interstate.
Another attempt was made with spike strips at mile marker 23.
As Mullis’ vehicle approached slower traffic near White Oak Mountain, he crashed into Duckett’s patrol car.
According to Hoppe, THP Criminal Investigations Division investigators and Critical Incident Response Team troopers responded to the crash scene to begin their investigation.
Mullis reportedly lives in Summerville, Ga.
He was arrested by Hoppe and transported to the Bradley County Jail, where he faces charges of reckless aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading, reckless endangerment and driving under the influence.
He is being held under $32,000 bond.