PINEY FLATS, Tenn. — A Piney Flats man faces a number of charges related to a runaway juvenile and a pursuit on Wednesday, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.

On Wednesday, a girl’s family reported she was missing and might have been with Michael Rhodes, 26, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. A deputy saw Rhodes and attempted a traffic stop, which led to a pursuit that ended on state Route 75 in Blountville, the release states. Rhodes’ vehicle struck a private citizen’s vehicle at the intersection of state Route 75 and Muddy Creek Road, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Rhodes has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment, reckless endangerment, sexual contact with a minor, harboring a runaway, evading arrest, driving on a revoked license and other traffic charges.

The girl has been returned to her parents, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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