N.C. man faces charges after chase, crash on I-75

By News Sentinel staff
LOUDON - A North Carolina man who allegedly fled this morning in a stolen minivan from a state trooper before crashing into the rear of a car on Interstate 75 faces several charges.

The crash occurred about 5:13 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-75 near the 73 mile marker, according to a dispatcher with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

THP Lt. Don Baird said a sergeant from the Fall Branch District of the THP was en route to Nashville when a Chrysler Town and Country minivan blew by "in excess of 100 mph" near the Lovell Road interchange of Interstate 40/75.

Baird said the sergeant tried to chase the minivan but terminated the pursuit. About five miles later the van slammed into the rear of a Dodge Neon in the southbound lanes of I-75 in Loudon County.

Baird said four people in the Neon sustained non-life threatening injuries and were taken to hospitals for treatment.

Aaron Foster, 24, of West Jefferson, N.C., who was driving the minivan, was not injured. Baird said Foster was not using a seat belt.

Foster faces charges of theft of a vehicle, reckless endangerment, felony evading, four counts of vehicular assault and driving on a revoked license. He was being held in the Loudon County Jail.