Tennessee “wild child” and Knoxville police officer, Raiques L. Crump, is facing a three-count indictment for leading a state trooper on a high speed chase in an attempt to evade his “Blues Brother”. He reportedly reached speeds of 110 mph in a posted 55 mph area on May 31, 2018. A grand jury charged the officer with evading arrest, speeding and reckless driving in Knox County Criminal Court Aug. 22.
The indictment reports the 26-year-old Knoxville cop fled from Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Howard Greenlee. His driving constituted a “willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons and property.”
Crump was off duty at the time of the chase. He was driving his personal vehicle and not a patrol car when he sped past the trooper. His specialty tag “WLDCHLD” led investigators directly to him. He is currently on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.
Greenlee had pulled over a motorist on Interstate 40 in Knox County when Crump’s car sped past him and kept going even after he turned on his blue lights and gave chase, the News Sentinel reported in June. Crump was able to lose the trooper but was tracked down by his vanity plate.
Crump’s need for speed appears to be hard to quench considering he’s facing a separate speeding charge from an incident that occurred in July.
A day after being indicted, Crump was arrested, booked and released on his own recognizance. His arraignment is set for Sept. 13 in Knox County Criminal Court.
Crump is a former college football player tapped by Knoxville Police Department. He is one of several recruited over the last several years.
Another is Geraldo Orta, a former defensive back who was fired Aug. 13 after he lied about responding to a burglary alarm at a bicycle store and used his Taser on a “non-violent detainee,” police records show.
Crump worked as a school resource officer for KPD as recently as this year, records show. He was officially recruited by the department in 2013. He graduated the police academy and received his Civil Service Merit Board certification in July 2014. Crump spent his first year on probation.
A summer 2014 evaluation of Crump described him as “proficient” but with an average score of 3 on a scale of 1 to 5 in overall job skills such as customer service and interpersonal relationships. A year later he raised his average to 3.3. Crump successfully completed his probationary period and one year later obtained his psychology degree from University of Tennessee.
In a 2016 evaluation, supervisors reportedly noted Crump’s football experience and claimed it would be an asset to the department.
“As a former athlete, I would like to see Officer Crump utilize the experience he obtained on those teams to help foster a greater sense of teamwork on the squad,” the evaluation states. “He had a tendency to work by himself much of the time and not become involved with his beat partners. Officer Crump has knowledge and abilities that would be beneficial to all members of the squad.”
In May Crump’s supervisor wrote, “Officer Crump does an excellent job in his duties as a (school resource officer). He interacts very well with the students at his school. He is very knowledgeable about what his duties are and continues to learn on how to become better. Officer Crump does need to work on his communication with those who he works with. We have had this discussion and he is improving.”