2 arrested after car theft leads to 2 chases through Polk, Cherokee Counties
POLK COUNTY, Tenn. —
A car stolen in Bradley County led to two chases through Polk County and Cherokee County - and deputies say they've caught the suspects responsible.
Polk County Sheriff Steve Ross says his deputies started pursuing the stolen car on Highway 64 near the Parksville Dam Tuesday.
Ross says the suspects crashed the car on Chestnut Mountain, and got out on foot.
Polk County deputies took off after two suspects, a man and woman. One of the deputies caught up to woman, who they say pulled a knife on him and cut his arm.
Ashley Hale of Polk County was taken into custody. Sheriff Ross says the man was able to steal another car.
Around 11:30 a.m., Lt. Wood with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office saw a car matching the wanted vehicle and tried to make a stop, but the car sped off.
During the chase, deputies say the suspect drove at speeds above 80 miles per hour through crowded business areas and residential areas, including an elementary school.
Cherokee County deputies say the man drove into oncoming traffic on US 19 near Murphy High School, at times almost hit pedestrians in the area, as well as hitting two law enforcement vehicles and trying to hit other police cars.
Cherokee County deputies finally stopped the vehicle on a 2-lane road and the suspect, 26-year-old Mason Kelly Nykolajcuyk of Bradley County, was taken into custody.
Nykolajcuyk has been charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, felony assault on a law enforcement officer, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
He is currently incarcerated at the Cherokee County Detention Center on $100,000 secure bond.
We are working to get more info about Ashley Hale's arrest and charges.
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