By MELISSA DiPANE
6 News Anchor/Reporter
SEVIER COUNTY (WATE) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating whether a trooper went too far in forcing a firefighter answering a call to stop. Michael Huskey was in the family minivan with his wife and kids when he heard a call from dispatch needing an emergency driver to help a nearby ambulance.
Huskey turned on his flashers and drove 85 in a 55 mile per hour zone when a state trooper tried to pull him over. Huskey radioed dispatch to call off the trooper but he says the trooper swooped in front of him, causing an accident.
“Once he stopped my client, he found that out and yet he still handcuffed and arrested and investigated it further and took him to jail.” says Jim Gass, Huskey’s attorney. Huskey got a speeding ticket and was charged with failure to yield to lights and sirens. According to the report, the officer did not intend to crash into the minivan. Huskey will go before a Sevier County judge in a few weeks.