At about 11:45 AM on 28 September 2016, Tipton County Sheriff’s Office was notified of two shoplifting fleeing suspects from Walmart located at 201 Lanny Bridges Dr at Highway 51 in Covington. The two suspects fled south on Highway 51 in a maroon Ford Taurus. Brighton Police Department officers attempted to stop the vehicle on Highway 51 in Brighton; however, the driver refused to stop. Munford Police Department officers assisted in the pursuit into Munford.
Tipton County Sheriff’s Office deputies deployed “stop sticks” on Highway 51 near Munford; however, the vehicle refused to stop, then rammed a Sheriff’s Office cruiser and continued on Munford Avenue. The vehicle was pursued approximately 5 miles into the Drummonds Community and ended after a vehicle pursuit intervention technique was utilized by deputies on Richardson Landing near Pryor Road.
The suspects have been taken into custody at the scene. The investigation into the incident is underway by detectives from the Covington Police Department, Munford Police Department, Brighton Police Department and Sheriff’s Office. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is conducting the crash investigations at both scenes. There will be an assortment of charges on the duo. The names have not been released at this time.
“I am thankful that no citizen, suspect or law enforcement officer were injured in the cross county pursuit. It was apparent these thieves were not going to stop until they could get back to Memphis. It was a combined effort on all of the agencies involved to safely capture these suspects,” said Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley
If anyone has information in this case, they are asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 901-475-3300, Central Dispatch after hours at 901-475-4300, phone in tips at 901-475-3307, email tips to Sheriff@tiptonco.com or Facebook Sheriff J.T. Pancho Chumley. Anonymous tips can be submitted to the Tipton County tip411 app or by texting “Tipton” to 847411.
This article originally appeared as a press release from Tipton County Sheriff's Office.