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KPD searching for suspect who fled from traffic stop

March 12th, 2014 5:49 pm by Wes Bunch

KPD searching for suspect who fled from traffic stop

KINGSPORT — Police are seeking the public's help in locating a suspect who fled from a traffic stop in Kingsport on Wednesday afternoon.

A Kingsport Police Department spokesman said a female who appeared to be in distress was a passenger in the vehicle, which is believed to be a black two-door 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with Tennessee license plate 502WRM.

A patrol officer attempted to stop the vehicle on Fairview Avenue near Mimosa Drive at approximately 3:10 p.m. for a seatbelt violation, according to a KPD report.

The driver, identified only as white male, reportedly refused to stop for the officer and "took evasive action" by making a right turn onto Mimosa followed by an immediate left turn into an alley.

During the pursuit, a white female in the car appeared to officers to be distressed after sticking both of her arms out the passenger side window.

The driver reportedly continued to flee despite the officer activating his siren, making a succession of rapid turns onto Clinton Street and back onto Fairview Avenue.

After returning to Fairview, the car reportedly stopped at the intersection of Riverside Avenue. At that point, authorities said the female passenger attempted to exit the vehicle before the driver sped back up. The door remained open for the rest of the pursuit.

The officers reportedly terminated the chase a short distance later out of concern the female could have been ejected from the vehicle as a result of the open door.

Anyone with information regarding the identity or whereabouts of either individual, the location of the vehicle or other details in the incident is asked to contact KPD Central Dispatch at (423) 246-9111.

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