UPDATE: Search is over for man accused of trying to hit Troopers at checkpoint

MAYNARDVILLE, Tn. (WTVQ) – State Police say a four day search for a man accused of trying to hit State Troopers at a safety checkpoint in Bell County last weekend, ended Thursday with the suspect’s arrest in Tennessee.

State Police say 38-year old Basil Gilpin of Harlan was arrested in Maynardville, Tennessee on an unrelated warrant.  He’s accused of driving his pickup truck through a safety checkpoint on Highway 72 in the Blackmont Community of Bell County and swerving to hit Troopers.

Investigators say Gilpin’s pickup eventually got stuck on a railroad bed.  State Police say Gilpin and his passenger, 34-year old Paula Foley, got out of the truck and took off running. 

State Police say Trooper Josh Messer suffered a non-life threatening injury chasing after the suspects.  He was airlifted to University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Investigators say Paula Foley was arrested at the scene and was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.  State Police say Basil Gilpin ran into a wooded area and was at-large for four days before his arrest in Tennessee.  Details of his arrest were not made public by State Police. 

Records show Basil Gilpin escaped from the Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington in late 2010.  Court records show he was serving a 25-year sentence on charges of receiving stolen property, theft and burglary in Bell, Harlan and Knox Counties. 

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