Knoxville Police Arrest a Man After He Allegedly Stole a Car then Hit Patrol Car

Knoxville Police say a man is in custody after he attempted to strike officers with a stolen vehicle.

WVLT reporting officers responding to West Emory Road at Harrell Road for a motor vehicle theft. The victim told police their 2013 Mustang was stolen from the Weigel’s on East Emory Road. The driver of the stolen vehicle, identified as 37 year-old Michael Ruggiero, allegedly began driving erratically through traffic by swerving through vehicles at a high rate of speed fleeing from officers and officers say he began ramming into their vehicles and allegedly nearly struck a detective who was on foot. After a brief altercation, officers were able to restrain Ruggiero who was taken to an area hospital. He faces five counts of aggravated assault of a first responder, evading arrest, resisting arrest and theft of property.

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