UPDATE: Man arrested after early morning chase spans two states

Deputies exam one of two guns found inside the suspect's car.

UPDATE 1:35 p.m.

News 5 has new information on an early Monday morning high-speed chase which resulted in an arrest.

According to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, an officer saw a Chevrolet Impala pull out of the Chaparral used car lot on Highway 11E in Piney Flats.

The vehicle did not have a state-issued license plate, so the officer tried to stop the vehicle. The vehicle began to speed up and refused to stop, and was going more than 85 miles per hour on Highway 11E and veering into both lanes. The car exited 11E at the Highway 394 intersection and ran a red light before getting back onto 11E. The car then swerved into lanes of oncoming traffic of Highway 11E near Exide Road.

Another officer joined the pursuit after another one lost sight of the car. The car went down Volunteer Parkway, ran a stop sign, and nearly hit a police vehicle. The car continued onto Bluff City Highway, ran a stop sign, and turned onto Anderson Street. The vehicle hit a curb on Goodson Street and the man fled on foot.

Police deployed a K9 which found the suspect at a dumpster. Police told the suspect to come out of the dumpster or the police dog would be released and would bite. The suspect, later identified as Timothy Manuel, refused to comply and police released the K9.

The K9 bit Manuel in the arm for about 15 seconds before he began to comply. Manuel told police he ran because he was tripping from smoking "fake weed."

Manuel was taking to the hospital for treatment of the dog bite and a voluntary blood draw. He was then taken to the Sullivan County Jail for booking.

Police found a shotgun and an illegal sawed-off shotgun in the car. A cut straw, baggies and electronic scales were also found.

Manuel was also found to be driving on a suspended license. Additionally, he was sentenced for a Baltimore robbery in 2015.


One man is facing charges in two states after a chase that started in Piney Flats and ended in Bristol, Virginia.

Sullivan County deputies began pursuing a Chevy Malibu that chase ended near the Athens Steakhouse in Bristol, Virginia around 3 am.

Officers on scene tell us the suspect crashed the car and took off running, he was arrested a short distance away.

The suspect was taken to the hospital and will likely face charges in both Sullivan County and Bristol, Virginia.

When they searched the car, officers found two shotguns - including an illegal one - prescription medication, and drug paraphernalia.

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