GATLINBURG — Police have charged a Seymour man with multiple offenses after he allegedly led them on a high-speed chase through busy streets Wednesday.
Officer Bryce Pickens spotted 31-year-old Cory R. Rudder, of 611 Horseshoe Lane, driving a car that had been reported stolen on Wednesday, according to warrants.
Rudder sped away as Pickens tried to stop him, crossing into oncoming traffic lanes and using turn lanes to pass through traffic as he tried to evade pursuit, warrants said.
“His actions placed the public in danger due to his behavior,” Pickens said. “At one point on Dudley Creek Bypass the defendant went at Officer Scott Corbin head-on, nearly hitting his vehicle.”
Rudder also ran the traffic light at the intersection of Highway 321 and the Parkway.
“The defendant almost caused multiple crashes during the event,” Pickens said.
The warrants didn’t say how Rudder was apprehended, but Chief Randy Brackins said Friday his officers broke off the pursuit.
He was eventually located and arrested near midnight, and he was booked in the jail early Thursday morning.
After officers apprehended Rudder, they found drug paraphernalia including scales and needles in the car, according to records.
They have charged Rudder with a dozen offenses including reckless endangerment, reckless driving, attempted aggravated assault and evading arrest.
He was still being held at the Sevier County Jail on Friday.
Brackins said high-speed pursuits have become an unusual occurrence in Gatlinburg in recent years.
“That’s very rare up here; they normally don’t run,” he said.
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