A police pursuit across two counties ended after officers from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office put spike strips across Arno Road at South Carothers Parkway.
A Lewisburg man, woman and and a 9-month-old child were in a 2001 Ford Expedition, which went off the right side of the roadway, back across Arno Road off the left side of the roadway before it came to a final rest off the left side of the roadway, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The chase started a little after noon in Lewisburg, when Marshall County detectives went to a residence to arrest Wallace Duncan, 39, wanted in Sullivan County on charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault. Tanova Ewing, 29, according to Detective Tony Nichols, claimed that Wallace was not there.
“Just a few minutes later she left the residence, and after she pulled out in front of a bunch of traffic we began to try to stop her for that reason,” he said. “Mr. Wallace was observed sticking his head up in the back of the vehicle. They took off.”
Nichols said the vehicle first headed out into Marshall County before turning onto Interstate 65 at exit 37, then got off at Highway 840. From 840, with Spring Hill Police, Franklin Police and Williamson County Sheriffs now involved in the chase, Ewing turned onto Arno Road, where she hit tire spikes put out by WCSO and FPD.
After the car crashed off the road and come to a stop, police discovered that a 9-month old infant was in the car, along with Ewing and Wallace. No one was injured.
“They didn’t break the speed limit until several miles into the pursuit, and when they did it was about 10 miles over,” said Nichols. He said the chase reached a top speed of about 85 miles per hour, on I-65, and lasted about half an hour.
The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, though the state agency was not involved in the pursuit. The basic facts gathered by the THP indicated that drugs were apparently a factor in the case of the two adults.
Ewing, of Lewisburg, Tenn., as of now is charged with Due Care, No Proof of Insurance, Lane Law, No Seatbelt.
Both are being held at the Williamson County Jail.
The infant, who was in Ewing’s care, was taken into protective custody while authorities locate his parents.
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