Hawaiian Man Tased, Arrested After Car Chase, Police Say

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Joseph Bruce, 34, of Hawaii was arrested by police after a vehicle and foot chase that went through multiple counties, authorities say.

Bruce was arrested at approximately 4 a.m. on Tuesday (May 6) after a vehicle and foot pursuit involving several different law agencies, according to a news release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

At 3:40 a.m., the Johnson County 911 Dispatch Center received a call from authorities in Pope County, alerting their units were in pursuit of a black Chevy Trailblazer driving west on I-40. The vehicle was being driven by Bruce, the news release states.

Deputies with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office set up at the Knoxville and Lamar exits with stop-sticks.

As the Trailblazer approached the Knoxville exit, it took the ramp and left the interstate, then, got back on the interstate and continued heading west with authorities in pursuit, according to the news release.

As the vehicle neared the Lamar exit, it struck the stop-sticks with the right front tire. After approximately one mile, sparks started to fly from the rim on the pavement. The tire became deflated.

The pursuit continued to Clarksville exit 58 where Clarksville Police were waiting. The Trailblazer took the ramp and pulled behind McDonald’s. Bruce abandoned the vehicle, and the pursuit continued on foot, the news release states.

Ending the chase, Bruce was tased and taken into custody. He was immediately handed over to Pope County authorities, according to the news release.

Bruce faces charges from multiple states, including numerous felonies and misdemeanors, the news release states.


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