Flight From Routine Traffic Stop Triggers Serious Charges And Injuries
WHITE HOUSE TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – A White House Police Officer has been released from the hospital following an accident that occurred while he was en route to assist a fellow officer with a traffic stop.
According to White House Police Chief Pat Brady, the incident occurred when an officer attempted a traffic stop of a pickup truck in front of Heritage High School on Hwy 76 just before 9 am Friday morning. MAP According to Chief Brady, after the officer activated his lights, the pickup turned North onto Cross Plains Rd and allegedly accelerated. At that same moment, a passenger of the pickup opened the door and jumped out of the moving vehicle falling onto the pavement. According to Robertson County EMS, he was injured and ultimately transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The officer stopped to render first aid to the passenger and another officer was called to assist. En route to the scene, the second officer was traveling west down the hill on Hwy 76 towards Union Rd. MAP where three vehicles were stopped in the roadway to allow the officer to pass. According to Chief Brady, in an attempt to get out of the way, one of the vehicles (a transport van) reportedly pulled in front of the officer, and the two vehicles collided.
The officer was injured and was transported to an area hospital but was later released. The driver of the van was not injured, officials said. The driver of the pickup, who initially escaped police in the chaos, was quickly identified by police and the pickup truck was recovered a short distance away. At last report, the passenger who leaped from the moving pickup will not be facing any charges and is cooperating with police.
According to Chief Brady, it will be up to the DA to decide if the driver will face additional charges relating to the crash of the officer en route.
“We’re very grateful that the driver of the van and the officer were not seriously injured,” Chief Brady told Smokey Barn News. “What this gentleman did by fleeing from police was put innocent civilians and the police in danger.”
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is leading the investigation into the crash. If their report adds any additional information or perspective, we’ll add it to this report.
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