Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Traffic Stop Leads to Pursuit and Crash
A Knoxville couple has racked up a variety of charges for fleeing from a traffic stop shortly before noon on Monday. The incident began at 11:48 on I-275 when the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Interdiction Unit tried to pull over a black Crown Victoria for speeding. The driver fled with three other people in the car. He came to a stop at Central and Heiskell where he bailed out and ran. An officer gave chase, tased him and took him into custody. He is identified as 30 year old Jeremiah Shelton. He had outstanding warrants for failure to appear and theft. He was taken to Tennova on Oak Hill where he was treated and released.
When Shelton fled, a female passenger in the front seat scooted over and drove off. She is identified as 22 year old Tabitha Dawn Hudson. She sped North on Central, went through a traffic light, and turned onto Durbin Road. She lost control of the car and went over the center line crashing into a fence. She sustained minor injuries. She was taken to Tennova on Oak Hill. A woman in the backseat, however, was thrown into the windshield. She is identified as 25 year old Lindsey Presley and was transported to U. T. Medical Center. Her husband, Richard Presley, 29, was not injured. The Presleys do not face any charges.
Hudson has a violation of probation in Knox and Blount Counties. She is expected to be charged with driving without a license. She has an extensive criminal history in Knox County for prostitution, theft, drug charges, failures to appear, and traffic offenses.
Shelton will be charged with speeding, reckless driving, and driving on a suspended license. He has been convicted of burglary and attempted robbery in Knox County.
Update: Couple on Crime Spree
The couple who led KCSO Patrol on a pursuit Sunday night after an attempted robbery and robbery in West Knox County are behind bars Monday on various charges. Robert Watson is charged with attempted robbery, robbery, and evading. His total bond is $35,000. Brittany Utley-Webb is charged with attempted robbery, robbery, and driving while revoked. Her total bond is $18,000.
Couple in Custody after Crime Spree
Two people are in custody Sunday night after an attempted robbery, a robbery, and a pursuit in West Knox County. Charges are pending against 36 year old Robert Watson and 26 year old Brittany Webb. Their crime spree started around 4 p.m. when Watson tried to steal a purse from a woman at 1049 North Cedar Bluff Road. A witness intervened and Watson fled in a black Saab sedan with no license plate. Brittany Webb, 26, was driving. The couple then committed a strong armed robbery of a person in the parking lot of the Costco at 10745 Kingston Pike. The suspects went to the WalMart and Weigel’s in Lenoir City where they made charges to the victim’s accounts.
They came back to Knoxville where KCSO Officers saw them in the parking lot of C&M Games on Executive Park Drive. As officers closed in, the couple fled with officers in pursuit. The pursuit ended on Sherill Boulevard when officers forced them to stop and both were taken into custody without incident. The Knox County Major Crimes Unit is investigating.
Suspect in Custody after Shooting Woman
A suspect wanted in the shooting of a woman early Saturday morning is in custody and charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder. Kenny Desch, 28, of Luger Road is being held on a $200,000 bond at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility. He’s accused of firing multiple times into a vehicle and a house, hitting 19 year old Landyn Metler in the shoulder as she sat in the car. Rural Metro transported her to U.T. Medical Center where she was treated and released. The incident occurred at 3:00 a.m. at 6406 Luger Road. The victim and suspect are neighbors and live on Luger.
Desch fled the scene and was later spotted in a car with two other occupants by KCSO Patrol Officers around 1:00 Saturday afternoon. He and another passenger in the car ran on foot during the traffic stop on Rifle Range Road. Patrol, K-9s, Major Crimes Unit, and Airwatch set up a perimeter. The suspect and passenger were tracked and located in the woods near the initial shooting and taken into custody. Charges unrelated to the shooting are pending against the man who ran at the traffic stop.