Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Knox County Sheriff News
KCSO Officer Involved in South Knox County Crash
An officer with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office was taken to the hospital for minor injuries following a South Knox County crash this afternoon. Just before 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a gold 2005 Hyundai Elantra, driven by 74-year-old Earl Patterson, was turning left from Chapman Highway into the Taco Bell parking lot. Patterson failed to yield to a KCSO cruiser, driven by Lt. Greg Stinnett, that was traveling northbound on Chapman Highway. The Elantra struck the cruiser on the driver’s side, forcing the cruiser over a curbed median, where it came to rest.
Patterson was not injured during the crash. Lt. Stinnett was taken to UT Medical Center for minor injuries. Neither drugs nor alcohol was a factor, and Patterson was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. He was cited for failure to yield.