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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Woman maintains her priorities during lengthy police car chase

Knox woman leads deputies on lengthy pursuit, crash; never drops her beer

Trishia Moody, 26, of Knoxville, faces DUI and several other charges after leading sheriff's deputies on a lengthy pursuit through Knox and Jefferson counties Sunday night. (Knox County Sheriff's Office)
KNOXVILLE — Despite allegedly striking a deputy's cruiser head-on, then running it off the road and leading authorities on 10-minute chase spanning two counties before crashing, she apparently never dropped her beer.
Trishia Moody, 26, of Knoxville, is charged with first offense DUI and a host of other offenses following the Monday night debacle, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office.
KCSO Deputy Medwin Keltner first spotted Moody as she pulled onto Asheville Highway behind the wheel of a 1996 Toyota Camry, heading north against the southbound lanes.
When the deputy activated his emergency lights and siren, she allegedly sped away, then locked the brakes and ducked down a side road. When she reached a dead end, Moody turned around and allegedly rammed the deputy's cruiser head-on as he tried to block her in.
Moody then fled onto Andrew Johnson Highway and into Jefferson County. The Knox County deputy managed to catch up and pull alongside the Toyota to get a description when the suspect allegedly swerved into the cruiser's passenger side, forcing Keltner off the road and out of the chase.
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies joined the pursuit and when Moody tried to reverse course again, one of the deputies pushed the driver's side rear panel of the Toyota, spinning it to a stop.
The pursuit, which began about 9:20 p.m., lasted approximately 10 minutes, authorities said.
"When they took her into custody, she had a 16-ounce beer in her hand," according to a KCSO news release today. "Officers said she had an alcoholic beverage smell on her breath and body and had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech."
No injuries were reported during the incident.
Moody also is charged with aggravated assault, evading arrest, driving on a suspended license and she had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for driving on the suspended license. Additionally, she faces a reckless endangerment charge in Jefferson County.
She remains jail in the Knox County Detention Facility today in lieu of $11,950 total bond.
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