Suspects sought following high-speed chase

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Local law enforcement agencies are trying to track down two suspects who led them on a high-speed pursuit before fleeing on foot.

According to an incident report filed by Cannon County Sheriff Deputy Dylan Couch, he was running radar on John Bragg Hwy. in Woodbury on Aug. 29, just past Grace Assembly Church, when a car topped the hill running 82 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone.

"Once I pulled out onto the highway with my head lights on, the driver appeared to not slow down, so I initiated my blue lights and siren," Couch states in the report. "At the time of initiating both blue lights and siren the vehicle proceeded to speed up, gaining speed and disappearing from sight, thus initiating a high speed pursuit.

Couch then radioed for any available city unit, in hopes one of them would be able to intercept the vehicle.

"Once I topped the next hill, I could see taillights -- appearing to be moving at a high rate of speed -- and advised the city units of it's location," Couch reported.

Couch was advised by a city officer of the vehicle's location and continued the pursuit.

"I had just passed the street of said location (S. McCrary St.). I went to turn around in the gas station (Quick Stop Market) directly across from said street, to continue the pursuit. Upon entering S. McCrary, my patrol unit lost traction, jumped the curb, regained traction, and hit a utility pole. After exiting my unit, bystanders advised me that the vehicle directly across from my unit was the suspects vehicle -- which had hit the curb on the other side of the street as well."

Couch's report states he informed Cannon County Dispatch he had wrecked my patrol car, advised them that he was fine, and had no injuries. He was advised by local bystanders that the two suspects exited the vehicle they were in and took off on foot. He advised all other units involved in which direction the two suspects went.

At that time another county unit stopped to check on his status.

"I asked for his phone to take pictures of some money that was laying on the ground outside of the suspects' vehicle, and proceeded to bag the money into evidence. After collecting the money, I placed it in the back of my unit, and proceeded to assist other units in looking for the suspects. After having no luck locating the suspects, I returned to my unit to gather more information on the suspect's vehicle for dispatch, as well as all other units involved."

Upon further investigation of the vehicle, the decision was made to contact the investigator on call for the county due to drugs, multiple cell phones, a computer and counterfeit money found found. Also inside the vehicle was the two suspects' identification.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrived to work the wreck of the patrol unit and one of the city units worked the wreck of the suspects' vehicle, due to them being two separate crashes.

The investigation continues.

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