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Thai Time reopens weeks after car crashes into restaurant during chase – WVLT

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – A South Knoxville restaurant reopened on Tuesday, three weeks after a car crashed into it during a chase.

Thai Time Restaurant, located at 6200 Chapman Highway, announced it has reopened following some frantic days to complete major repairs.

On April 21, deputies with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office tried to stop James Maiden for driving on a suspended license on Chapman Highway, but Maiden did not stop and began driving erratically.

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Court documents said Maiden lost control of the car and crashed into a fire hydrant and Thai Time. He and a passenger, Marley Pierson, were taken into custody.

Following the crash, the owners spoke to WVLT News about the damage and the community support they received.

“We were just surprised by the compassion and the outpouring of love,” said Pomanee. “It’s been pretty incredible that the community has reached out to us, regular customers, and also people who have never heard of us before and just people living in the neighborhood, the upstairs apartment even. People have offered to come help cleanup and offered financial support.”

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Court documents said damages to the restaurant were estimated to be $75,000.

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