(08/23/2006)
Police officers from several counties responded to a Clendenin police officer in distress last night.

Calhoun Sheriff Carl Ballengee and Trooper 1st Class Jeff Hunt responded to the call for help.

Sheriff Ballengee said officers responded from at least four counties.

The man allegedly started an argument with the Clendenin officer in the Speedway convenience store. After the man escalated the situation with the officer, he left the store at a high rate of speed.

A short time later the officer pulled him over, after which the man reportedly attempted to run him down with his truck. He crashed into the police cruiser, with the officer barely escaping, said Sheriff Ballengee. The cruiser was disabled.

The officer fired shots into the rear of the Ford-150 truck, but the subject fled the area and drove into Roane County.

The F-150 truck was reported to belong to Porter Steven Cogar.

Officers stayed in pursuit of the vehicle, which eventually traveled through the Amma area near State Route 36 in Roane County. The truck was found abandoned.

Sheriff Randy Holcomb responded from Clay County to the Wallback area.

A search continues for the driver.


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