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Watauga Deputies initiated a vehicle pursuit at approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday night after the vehicle fled from a traffic stop.

Deputies were investigating a fictitious registration on a silver 2000 Toyota Camry.

The driver, Richard Cloyd of Washington County, Tennessee fled in his vehicle from the traffic stop. The pursuit started on US Hwy 321 North in Vilas, and continued on US Hwy 421 North toward Boone. Cloyd swerved his vehicle at Law Enforcement vehicles that had stopped traffic at the US Hwy 105 Bypass. 

Boone Police attempted to use tire deflation device on West King Street, in an attempt to stop the vehicle before it entered downtown Boone. The vehicle avoided the device and continued to drive recklessly down West King Street. 

Cloyd attempted to turn off East King Street onto Hardin road at a high rate of speed and collided with two vehicles that were stopped at the Hardin Street intersection. Cloyd was was taken into custody by Watauga Deputies. 

Leann Cloyd was a passenger in the suspect vehicle, and was taken to Watauga Medical center for minor injuries and later discharged. No other injuries were sustained to the victims that were hit by the fleeing suspect. 

Watauga and Boone Police vehicles were not involved in the wreck. Boone Police Department investigated the crash.

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