CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – For more than 30 hours, an Hispanic man, reportedly involved in an I-75 road rage incident on Friday at 4:30am, has been on the run. That is until this morning when he was located by a Cove Lake State Park Ranger around 11:20 at the Exit 134 northbound on ramp to I-75.
Campbell County EMS responded after the ranger allegedly described the man’s condition to be disoriented.
Reports coming in Friday morning to WLAF were that there was a road rage incident on I-75 and law enforcement caught up with the suspected instigator near Mile Marker 143.
After the traffic stop, the suspect, an Hispanic male, took off running and was pursued on foot by officers in the predawn hours, sub-freezing temperatures and rough terrain. At 7am Friday, investigators stopped their foot pursuit as they awaited a helicopter. Troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies have been searching for the man since.
An official with Central Dispatch tells WLAF that the man was seen around Cove Lake State Park Friday night and ran out of sight. It was later reported that the man went into the lake. The La Follette Rescue Squad began a search by water not long after 8pm and continued it for several hours to no avail. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/04/2023-11:45AM)