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July 23, 2012

Man charged with attempted murder

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

A Knox County man was charged with attempted murder after he tried to hit police officers with his car, according to the Barbourville Police Department.

Johnnie Paul Smith, 23, first tried to hit two officers who were at a safety checkpoint near the Knox County Courthouse early Saturday morning. Police said the officers had to jump away from the road to avoid being struck.

Smith then drove toward another police officer who had his back turned as he questioned another violator. Police said they fired shots to try and keep the third officer from being struck.

Smith led police on a chase that lasted for miles out of the city and down a side road. Police used a special maneuver to force Smith to stop.

Smith was taken to Knox County Hospital for observation. When it was determined he didn’t need medical treatment, he was taken to the Knox County Jail.

Police said Smith faces several charges.

The investigation continues.

Assisting were Chief Mike Broughton, Detective Brian Senters, patrolmen Jake Knuckles and Clay Helton. The Knox County Sheriff’s Department also assisted.

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