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Burglary Suspect Caught after Pursuit

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Officers with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office arrested a burglary suspect Tuesday afternoon after a pursuit in North Knox County.   Twenty-six year old Christopher O’Neil will be charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, theft, burglary, aggravated assault, hit and run, reckless driving, evading arrest, simple possession,and driving on a revoked license.  The Knoxville Police Department is expected to charge him with numerous car burglaries.   He has a criminal history in Knox County dating back to 2007 which includes violation of probation, theft, vehicle burglary and driving on a revoked or suspended license.  He is also wanted in Roane County for failure to appear on a drug charge.

The incident started shortly before 2 p.m. when a KCSO officer spotted O'Neil in the stolen vehicle at Weigel’s at 6802 Central Avenue Pike.  Two passengers entered the store and O’Neil took off in the stolen F-150 truck with officers in pursuit.  They lost him on Rifle Range Road.  Officers went back to the convenience store and found the suspect there again and tried to box him in.  He backed into one of the patrol cars doing minor damage and tried to run over another officer.  He fled the scene and abandoned the truck at an apartment complex on Bruhin Road.   Airwatch spotted the suspect in the vicinity and he was taken into custody without incident.

The truck had been stolen inside the city in December.



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