FHS senior charged with vandalism, aggravated assault

A Farragut High School senior faces charges after police say he drove his car onto a go-cart track.

Steven Popovich, 18, of an Oak Cove Lane address, is alleged to have driven through the grass at Sir Goony’s Family Fun Center located at 10925 Kingston Pike then over the go-cart track railing and onto the go-cart track in a 2013 white BMW SUV at around 12:45 p.m., Friday, April 22.

Johnnie A. Stringfield, Sir Goony’s owner, told Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputy Taryn Bryant the suspect went around the track several times before bumping Stringfield’s leg when exiting the track. The victim was trying to take pictures of the suspect’s vehicle when he was allegedly struck.

Stringfield said the suspect then backed up on the track and went to the opposite side of the track, ran over the railing and onto the grass circling around to exit onto the business’ parking lot.

Bryant reported the suspect exited the business westbound on Kingston Pike.

The business owner’s photo showed the suspect’s license plate and a Farragut High School Parking Pass No. 032.

Police located Popovich’s vehicle at Farragut High School. Police said Popovich allegedly admitted to leaving school and driving on the track.

Popovich was a member of the 2015-16 Farragut Hockey team.

According to the report, the railing and tires around the track were damaged during the incident. Estimated damage to the track is $500.