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High-speed chase ends in arrest

Published: 7:51 PM, 04/26/2013 Last updated: 7:51 PM, 04/26/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-A high-speed chase with speeds over 115 mph resulted in the arrest of the driver, Travis Owenby, 30, of Newport, on Friday, April 26, the Cocke County Sheriff's Department reported.

When Owenby, of 491 N. Susong St., finally stopped, a passenger said she did not know how fast Owenby was going "because she was scared to death and had her eyes closed," Deputy Sheriff Michael Whitmer reported.

Whitmer said that around 10 a.m., he was parked beside East Highway 25/70 in Bridgeport, using radar, when Owenby allegedly drove by in a 2001 Chevy Tahoe traveling 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Whitmer allegedly turned out behind the vehicle and it sped up, the report stated.

The deputy sheriff said he activated his blue lights and sirens. He stated that after crossing the new bridge on East Highway 25/70, in a straight-of-way, he was traveling close to 115 m.p.h. and was unable to catch up with the Chevy Tahoe.

For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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