Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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February 19, 2014

Two-county chase ends with 2 arrests

CROSSVILLE — Two Cumberland County men wanted on probation violation warrants led authorities on a bizarre pursuit that spanned more than 30 minutes and two counties Sunday night. The pair were taken into custody with no injuries reported.

Brent Lee Hodge, 23, 459 Hwy. 68, is charged with two counts of felony reckless endangerment, evading arrest, driving on a revoked license, reckless driving and a probation violation warrant from Bledsoe County General Sessions Court.

Also arrested was a passenger in the vehicle, identified only as Michael B. Robbins who was also held for Bledsoe County authorities on an unknown charge. He faces no new charges in Cumberland County.

Deputy Lucas Turner wrote in his report that he was on routine patrol on Highland Lane Sunday around 9 p.m. when he observed a vehicle with a headlight out. He attempted to stop the vehicle and ran a computer check on the license plate, learning that the plate did not match the vehicle on which it was displayed.

The motorist, later identified as Hodge, refused to stop and continued to Deep Draw Rd. where it ran a stop sign and continued to Burton Rd. and then onto Hwy. 68.

During the pursuit, speeds ranged from 50 mph to in excess of 80 mph and at one point Lucas reported the driver passed a vehicle on double yellow lines as it traveled through Grassy Cove to Jewett Rd. The vehicle then traveled to Bear Den Rd. and onto a logging road and into a wooded area where it became stuck. The two passengers fled and were apprehended a short time later by Sgt. Roy Kemmer and Cpl. Tim Tutor.

Both men were then taken to the Justice Center and booked, with Robbins held without bond for Bledsoe County authorities. Bond for Hodge was set at $5,750. He is to appear in Cumberland County General Sessions Court on March 3.

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