Complaints of drug activity on Highway 411 led to a high speed chase that ended in a graveyard Sept. 2.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Det. James Wall said deputies and members of the Madisonville and Vonore police departments were in the area the drug activity had been reported just before midnight when they saw a Toyota Tundra with a light bar on the roof pull onto Highway 11.

Wall said the driver was identified as John Dale Wilson Jr., known to have several warrants out on him. Wall said Det. Dalton Rinehart stopped the truck on the highway just south of Kefauver Park. Officers approached the truck, but Wilson suddenly pulled back onto the highway, making a u-turn and driving in the direction of Englewood.

Wall said multiple units gave chase with speeds hitting 90 mph. Wilson eventually turned onto Wilson Road at a high rate of speed, where he left the roadway, struck an embankment and was launched into a nearby graveyard.

Wall said Wilson continued to try and get away, losing control of the truck again, crashing into two tombstones before getting stuck in a wooded area and taking off on foot.

Wall said Wilson was brought down and captured by Vonore Det. Cory Fritts who used a Taser on him.

Wall also said the truck Wilson was in had been reported stolen out of Knox County.

Wilson, 44, Pond Ridge Road, Tellico Plains, was charged with theft over $1,000, evading arrest and vandalism over $1,000.

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