A Tellico Plains area man was arrested July 19 after he led a couple of deputies on a chase.

Deputy Chris Ferree said it was just before 10 p.m. while he was patrolling the area of New Highway 68 in Coker Creek when he spotted a car being driven by Ricky Dale Akins and knew he was wanted on an aggravated assault warrant.

Ferree also knew Deputy Mike Blankenship was at Akins' house trying to serve the warrant and he let Blankenship know Akins was coming in his direction.

While Ferree was trying to catch up to Akins, Akins passed Blankenship who then turned on his lights and sirens to stop Akins. But Akins drove down Lower Smithfield Road, turned onto Old Doc Rogers Road, went into a driveway and drove about three quarters of a mile before the driveway came to a stop at a wood line.

The deputies then got of their cars and told Akins to get out of his. He did and Ferree said he was taken into custody without incident.

While searching Akins, Ferree said he found a 9mm handgun which came back as stolen in McMinn County in 2010 when it was checked by dispatch.

Akins, 37, Lower Smithfield Road, Tellico Plains, was charged with theft under $1,000 and evading arrest as well as the aggravated assault charge from April.

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