Sunday, May 9, 2004
arrested after high-speed chase in
The Associated Press
Tenn. -- Two Israeli men who led
the Unicoi County sheriff on a high-speed chase in
a rented moving truck were placed under arrest and
are being investigated by the FBI, local officials
Shmuel Dahan and Almaliach Naor,
both from Israel, were being held without bond
Sunday afternoon at the Unicoi County Jail. The
truck, rented from a Ryder office in Mars Hills,
N.C., was being held in the county garage pending
an FBI investigation, officials said.
Dahan is charged with reckless driving,
littering, false identification and evading arrest,
while Naor faces charges of false identification
and evading arrest, an officer with the Unicoi
County Sheriff's Department who would not give his
name said Sunday.
An investigation by the FBI is ongoing and
more charges are
possible, he said. A woman who answered the
phone at the FBI's Knoxville office said there was
no one available to answer questions about the
The incident began late Saturday afternoon
[May 8, 2004]
when Sheriff Kent Harris noticed a rental
truck traveling at a high speed along former U.S.
Highway 23, a lightly-traveled highway near the
North Carolina state line.
"I was really concerned because the driver would
not stop after I flashed my headlights for nearly
three miles," Harris said. "He was weaving back and
forth and I was wondering what a large (rental
truck) was doing on the two-lane highway late
Saturday afternoon instead of the faster I-26
Harris said he saw the
men throw something from the truck while they
were being pursued. Officers scouring the area
later found a vial containing an unknown
substance along the roadway, he said.
Once the men were apprehended, officers also
found a "Learn to Fly"
brochure in the truck, leading Harris and others to
express concern about security at the Nuclear Fuel
Services plant in Erwin.
"I got a sick feeling when I saw it," Harris
Dahan also gave authorities a
fake Florida driver's
license issues in Plantation, Fla., he said,
while Naor produced a fake
Harris subsequently contacted the FBI, the
federal Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms and other
local authorities to look into the situation.
"We're not overreacting," Harris said. "We have
a responsibility to protect the citizens of Unicoi
County and that's what I'm going to do at any cost.
I'd rather overreact, if that's what you call it,
than be sorry later."
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