Woodbury brothers charged with car theft

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Two Woodbury men were arrested by McMinnville Police in connection with a series of car thefts.

Taken into custody were Austin Smith, 21, and Dalton Porter, 18. McMinnville Police arrested the two brothers following a brief foot chase on Bybee Branch Road. A third suspect, Tyler Gage Finley, 21, of Crossville, was also charged.

The men were charged with multiple counts of theft over $1,000, evading arrest in a motor vehicle and failure to stop, halt and frisk. They also face similar charges in Cannon, Coffee and Rutherford Counties. A woman, Tasha Michelle Spurlock, 29, was charged with making a false report in an effort to conceal the threesome.

Earlier on Wednesday, June 22, Smith, Porter and Finley managed to escape from both Cannon and Rutherford County deputies.

Officers from the Cannon County Sheriff's Office were on patrol seeking a green 1997 Toyota T100 pickup truck that had been reported stolen in Warren County.

The truck, driven by a man identified as Austin Smith, was spotted on Highway 64 near John Bragg Highway. A second suspect was identified as Dalton Porter. A third suspect was later identified as Finley.

The Cannon County patrol unit turned around and began pursuit, having dispatch notify Rutherford County the suspects were headed in that direction. The Cannon County deputies activated lights and siren, but the truck accelerated instead of stopping.

As the pursuit continued, the suspects left John Bragg Highway near Kittrell turning on a gravel dead end road. The Cannon County officers blocked the road and waited for backup.

At that point, the three suspects abandoned the Toyota truck and left on foot.

Rutherford County officers arrived and called for K-9 units to help with the search. A nearby house, barn and shed were searched with the dogs tiring quickly due to the heat. The search was ended and the stolen truck was transported back the Cannon County Jail where it was recovered by its owner.

Authorities said the vehicles were stolen because they were easy targets. Both vehicles were unlocked and the keys were inside.

In the Coffee County case, the three suspects abandoned a stolen Nissan truck and ran away on foot from a Warren County Sheriff's deputy following a high speed chase.

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