Sgt. Alan Bailey says 19-year-old Theonda Thorne was chased by a handful of agencies from Knoxville to Ooltewah.

Bailey says the suspect rammed two police vehicles in Knoxville before beginning the high speed chase.

Police say Thorne was dangerous enough to continue the high speed chase, despite Friday afternoon traffic.

"This person had three aggravated burglary charges or warrants against him and also had a weapon in the vehicle," Sgt. Bailey said. "We knew he wasn't going to give up and wasn't going to stop."

According to an affidavit, Thorne is facing charges of:

  • Felony evading
  • Reckless driving
  • Reckless endangerment 
  • Speeding
  • Driving without a license
  • Resisting arrest
  • Aggravated assault on police
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of a firearm while in commission of a violent felony

Police felt the high risk of chasing Thorne down the interstate would yield a greater reward.

"There might be a danger to the public-- which aggravated burglary would be, then we will chase them a lot longer than we would for a speeding ticket," Sgt. Bailey told Channel 3. 

The chase ended when Thorne crashed into another car on the interstate.

Police say the suspect was taken to the hospital and then transported to the Hamilton County Jail. They say the other person involved in the crash had minor injuries and is expected to be okay.