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Firefighters scatter to avoid speeding car

A teen was hit with a battery of charges after nearly running over firemen and constables who were working an accident on Highway 55 Bypass.
The teen driver, Jeffery Logan Chandler, 18, is charged with five counts of reckless endangerment, evading arrest, reckless driving, underage consumption of alcohol, violation of the open container law, and failure to obey police orders. He will face hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on March 28.
Chandler’s charges come for his alleged actions when he approached the scene of an accident on Highway 55 last week. According to sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Vann, the teen failed to stop upon entering the area where they were working a wreck. Vann said he was able to get his pickup stopped and had just walked up to ask for the youth’s license when he saw an alcoholic beverage in the cab.
“The driver started backing up and then put the truck in drive. At a high rate of speed he began driving through the scene,” Vann recalled. “He placed constables and four firefighters in danger.”
Vann noted the firemen from Centertown Volunteer Fire Department were putting up their equipment when the teen sped through the accident scene.
Constable Jason Dodson gave pursuit to the teen after one of his fellow constables was nearly run over.
“He drove his truck through the accident site narrowly missing a tow truck and forcing Constable Norris to jump out of the way to keep from being run over,” Dodson said in his warrant against Chandler.
The youth was able to outrun the constable. However, both he and other lawmen were able to get his tag number. Dodson said he was able to positively identify Chandler as the driver of the vehicle.


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