Cadet Recognized for Actions in Arrest of Hit and Run Driver

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Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
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400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Cadet Recognized for Actions in Arrest of Hit and Run Driver

Posted: 07/10/2013
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief David Rausch named Cadet Josh Compton the Civilian Employee of the Month for April. Cadet Compton has been with the Knoxville Police Department since July 2011.

Chief Rausch said that on April 4, 2013, at approximately 2:45 p.m., Cadet Compton was working parking enforcement at the intersection of Laurel Avenue and 12th Street when he observed a Chevrolet pickup truck with a significant amount of chrome travelling east on Laurel Avenue. The truck attempted a left turn onto 12th Street by swinging wide and striking the curb in the process. The driver of the truck over-corrected in response, traveled across 12th Street, and then struck a parked vehicle. The truck immediately left the scene.

Chief Rausch said, "Realizing he would be unable to catch the truck from his bicycle, Cadet Compton immediately relayed to other officers the vehicle's description including the make, model, color, damage location and direction of travel."

Moments late Officer Caleb Crothers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle travelling on Grand Avenue that matched the description given by Cadet Compton.

Cadet Compton responded to the traffic stop scene and confirmed the stopped vehicle was indeed the same vehicle involved in the hit-and-run. The 19-year-old driver of the truck smelled of marijuana. After a positive hit on the vehicle by a K-9, a search of the vehicle yielded a glass pipe with burnt marijuana residue and an open bottle of liquor. The driver, Justin Dorning (DOB 4-22-93), was arrested and charged with DUI and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

Chief Rausch said, "Due to Cadet Compton's quick decisions in this rapidly-evolving situation, the intoxicated driver was stopped and brought to justice before he had the opportunity to hurt any innocent citizens. Congratulations on a job well done."