3 Arrested After High Speed Chase And Lengthy Search

The driver of a vehicle which led local authorities on a high speed chase Sunday along with two passengers from his vehicle are in jail facing multiple charges.

According to reports, the Fentress County Sheriff’s Office  was notified Sunday morning, April 19 of a vehicle, checkbook, and credit cards being taken from a Cumberland County woman.  The vehicle was described as a late-model Chrysler 200, believed to be driven by a subject identified as Joel R. Smith.

Chief Deputy Gary Ledbetter made contact with the vehicle on the Banner-Roslin Road and turned around and gave pursuit.  The vehicle turned north onto Hwy. 127 with Chief Ledbetter, along with Tennessee Highway Patrol Glen Slaven, Sheriff Cravens and other officers from the Fentress County Sheriff’s Office in pursuit.

After turning onto the Sand Supply Road and traveling some distance, the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, after which he and two passengers reportedly fled the vehicle on foot, which resulted in a ground search which lasted most of the day before the trio were located and taken into custody.

The driver of the vehicle, Joel R. Smith, 19, of 10959 North Hwy. 127, Crossville, faces a multitude of charges, including Reckless Driving, Violation of Seat Belt Law, Violation of the Financial Responsibility Law, Failure to Yield to Blue Lights, and Evading Arrest.  He was jailed under a $50,000 bond.

The two passengers, identified as Darla J. Owens of 6808 S. York Hwy, Jamestown and Justin T. Smith, 26, of Deer Lodge, were each charged with Evading Arrest and jailed under a $25,000 bond.

All three subjects were scheduled to be arraigned in General Sessions court on Tuesday, April 21.