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VEHICLE PURSUIT ON I-40 IN WESTERN CUMBERLAND COUNTY RESULTS IN MULTIPLE INJURIES

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A pursuit involving the Tennessee Highway Patrol and a motorist resulted in a multi vehicle accident late yesterday in Cumberland County. The crash report states a stolen 2016 Ford Fusion driven by 20-year-old Brendon J. Prettyman of Sevierville was traveling at a high rate of speed on I-40 at the 309 eastbound mile marker when he went onto the shoulder of the road alongside a 2020 Kenworth flatbed tractor-trailer operated by 45-year-old Matthews Parker Cooper of Andrews, South Carolina.  As Prettyman attempted to come back into a travel lane, Cooper had to move over and made contact with a 2016 Hyundai Elantra driven by 54-year-old Stephen R Lanham of Murfreesboro. The tractor trailer and the Hyundai both went through the guardrail, down an embankment and struck some trees. The Fusion also hit the guardrail. Medics transported all three drivers plus a passenger in the Elantra, 40-year-old Rebecca Lanham, to Cumberland Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Charges are pending against Prettyman.


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