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Release of video, report in Crumley crash on hold

September 23rd, 2011 9:33 pm by Rex Barber

Police in-car video that exists from a Wednesday afternoon chase/crash in Jonesborough involving a former district attorney general is not being released at this time because of the ongoing investigation, according to the town’s police chief.
The written report detailing the specifics of the pursuit of Joe Crumley, who was 1st Judicial District attorney general from 1998-2006, is also not being released, said Jonesborough Public Safety Chief Matt Hawkins, who cited its relevance to the ongoing investigation.
The pursuit of Crumley began Wednesday just after noon in the 100 block of East Main Street in Jonesborough when, according to Hawkins, Crumley nearly struck a police vehicle head-on. The officer turned on Crumley and followed him west onto Tenn. Highway 81 South at speeds ranging from 13 mph to 48 mph.
A short time later, that officer and a backup officer forced Crumley’s car to stop near the area of Woodridge Road. Crumley reportedly ran several cars off the road before he was stopped.
After he was stopped, Hawkins said Crumley’s car lunged forward and struck the backup officer’s car, causing only minor damage.
Hawkins said Crumley was speaking on a cell phone and was reaching into the center console of his vehicle when the officers tried to remove him from his car. He reportedly refused to get out of his car. He was then removed from the car and taken into custody, Hawkins said.
Hawkins said Friday that Crumley had abrasions on his elbow and knee that occurred as he was being removed from his car. About an hour after being stopped, Crumley was taken to Johnson City Medical Center because he was in medical duress, Hawkins said.
Hawkins said his department’s investigation of the incident will resume after Crumley leaves the hospital if it is appropriate to do so.
Hawkins did say some items pertinent to the investigation were found in Crumley’s car, but he did not elaborate.
Only one police car involved in the chase Wednesday had a working recording device. Hawkins did not say which vehicle’s recorder was working. All Jonesborough police vehicles are equiped with recording devices, but sometimes they need repairs, Hawkins said. That was the case Wednesday with the car without a working recorder.
Hawkins did not say when the video or report would be released.
“We just don’t want any of that to be tainted,” he said. “We want to have all options open with it and the best way to do that is retain it.”
Criminal charges were pending in the case.

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