Charges are pending against at least one of the two suspects in the high-speed chase Friday evening that ended with a rollover crash on U.S. Highway 127 in Bledsoe County.
Friday evening, about 6:15, deputies patrolling along POW Camp Road saw a green Mazda truck approaching. After it passed, deputies observed a light-law violation and turned around to initiate a traffic stop.
The driver indicated he did not have his driver’s license with him, but believed it was valid. A check through dispatch indicated the driver did not have a valid license, and both he and the passenger had outstanding warrants in Cumberland County.
When asked to exit the vehicle, the driver fled the scene, down West Creek Drive. Deputies pursued and attempted to pull him over again. He refused to stop and instead drove into a nearby yard, then back onto West Creek Drive, heading northwest.
The passenger waved her hand out the window and dropped what was described as “a small black object” out of the vehicle into the roadway.
The driver ran a stop sign and turned left onto POW Camp Road, ran the stop sign at Taylor’s Chapel Road and turned left, passing another vehicle in the oncoming lane of travel.
The driver continued along, ran the stop sign at Lantana Road and turned left. At Circle Drive, he attempted to turn right and ran off the roadway. Getting back on the road, he got back onto Circle Drive and continued toward Lantana Road again, where another deputy had deployed stop sticks.
The suspect avoided the stop sticks and turned back onto Lantana Road. He turned right onto Dunbar Road, driving at excessive speeds and passing multiple vehicles in the oncoming lane. At the end of Dunbar Road, he turned onto Vandever Road, then left onto Fred Tollett Road and right onto Highway 127 South.
While driving on 127 South, deputies noticed the driver “reaching behind the seat on the passenger side aggressively.” The lead vehicle in the chase alerted others the driver might be in possession of a weapon.
A few miles into Bledsoe County, the lead car was advised Tennessee Highway Patrol vehicles had joined the chase, along with Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office vehicles. The THP vehicles passed the CCSO vehicles and took lead in the pursuit.
The suspect reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone, passing multiple oncoming vehicles.
As the chase neared Pikeville, several Bledsoe County units joined the chase.
Shortly after passing the intersection with Highway 30, the suspect crossed the roadway, from right to left, rolling the vehicle several times. The vehicle struck a guard rail and came to rest on the far side of the guard rail.
Both suspects were removed from the vehicle and detained.
Approaching the vehicle, one Cumberland County deputy noticed a black semi-automatic pistol lying atop debris from the crash.
EMS arrived on the scene and treated both suspects, who were subsequently transported to a local hospital for further treatment.
Warrants have been issued for the driver, who is expected to be charged with evading arrest, reckless endangerment and driving on a revoked or suspended license.