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Smith charged with running police officer off road
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A man faces felony charges after he ran a police officer off the road and nearly caused a head-on crash.
The driver, Kenneth Patrick Smith, 38, of Doyle faces charges of evading arrest, felony reckless endangerment, and driving on a revoked license. He will face hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on May 14.
He is charged after he had a near miss with McMinnville police officer Joseph Vanbommel near River Park Hospital. The officer said Smith was traveling east in the westbound lane, meaning he was on the wrong side of the road.
“I had to swerve to avoid making contact with the Dodge Ram,” the officer recalled. “And nearly hit another oncoming vehicle.”
The policeman turned on his blue lights and tried to stop the suspect.
However, the driver kept evading the officer, leading him down Sparta Highway. While able to temporarily evade the lawman, Vanbommel was able to get his tag number and a good look at his face. A search of his record revealed Smith’s license was revoked for a prior DUI from Sequatchie County in 2013.