As police attempted to pull over a man during a traffic stop, he fled and a chase ensued across two counties. As a result of being caught after the dual Tennessee county chase, the man faces charges in both jurisdictions. He faces drunk driving charges along with others.
The 45-year-old man allegedly took off when police initially tried to pull him over, and authorities say he reached speeds of 116 mph as the chase ensued. During the chase, the man attempted to pass a car. As he did, he hit a deputy's patrol vehicle. That deputy had to be treated at a medical facility for injuries he sustained.
The man was then taken into custody, but he was not injured as a result of colliding with the deputy's car. In one county, he faces charges of DUI, felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment and other charges. In the other county, the man faces felony reckless endangerment, speeding and a charge of driving without a license. It was not clear exactly what led police to initially try to pull the man over before the chase began.
Facing multiple charges related to one incident can make a defense strategy complicated for this particular Tennessee man. However, regardless of whether he faces drunk driving charges alone or along with other charges, the man is entitled to a proper defense and is fully innocent of all charges until a court finds him otherwise. Each charge may be defended in each county and result in a dismissal, plea bargain or other resolution that may work in the man's favor, depending on the evidence presented and defense options the man chooses to employ.
Source: wkrn.com, "Man charged in 2 counties after Williamson County deputy injured in high-speed chase", Julie Edwards, July 10, 2015