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Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department: 2 pursuits, 2 arrests

Steven Edward Henson (inset) was arrested Thursday for evading arrest and other charges.

March 29, 2019 – The Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) reported two separate pursuits on Thursday, March 28 – one was a car chase and the other a foot pursuit. Both suspects were arrested without injury.

The first incident began about 8:30 a. m. yesterday when Deputy Jacob Kilgore spotted a white Dodge Stratus being driven northbound on West Valley Road “at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner,” Detective Jody Lockhart said today.

The deputy activated his blue lights and siren to stop the vehicle,” Lockhart said. “The vehicle fled southbound on SR 28 at a high rate of speed.”

When the car entered Marion County, the Marion County Sheriff's Department joined the pursuit to assist, he said. In Whitwell the car turned onto a side road, and from there onto Old Dunlap Highway.

At that point, the driver of the car called 911.

She tells Dispatch that she's the driver of the car they're pursuing,” Det. Lockhart said. “They told her to pull over and stop.”

When she complied, officers arrested the driver, who was a 16-year-old girl from Sequatchie County. She had borrowed her mother's car to go see her boyfriend, but was driving on a license that had been suspended due to truancy, Lockhart said.

The juvenile was arrested on charges of evading arrest, reckless endangerment, and driving on a suspended license. After processing by a juvenile officer, she was released in the custody of her parents, pending an April 19 court date.

FOOT PURSUIT

About 4:30 p. m. that same day, Dep. Kilgore was back on patrol when he was given a civil paper to serve on a Cagle Mountain man – and that led to a foot pursuit.

Upon pulling into the driveway at 130 Stooping Oak Rd., Dep. Kilgore spotted the man he intended to serve, but when the man spotted him, he bolted into the woods.

He takes off running, thinking he's there to serve a warrant,” Det. Clifford Camp explained today. “He ran about a mile through the woods, onto Harmon Circle.”

Dep. Kilgore managed to keep up with the suspect as he ran through the woods, and arrested Steven Edward Henson, 46, on Harmon Circle.

After the fact, the deputy found that the man did indeed have an outstanding warrant – for evading arrest.

Henson was transported to the Sequatchie County Jail and booked on charges of evading arrest, failure to appear in court, and violation of probation. He is being held at the jail pending an initial court appearance April 5.