A man who ran from police and crashed into another motorist during his high-speed flight faces a string of charges.
The suspect, Jonathan Pewitt, 25, of Cannon County is charged with evading arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, and driving on a suspended license. He will face hearing July 25 before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke.
His charges come after McMinnville police officer Rachel Harrell saw his Nissan Maxima sitting on the railroad tracks that cross Highway 70 Bypass. When she pulled up to his vehicle, Pewitt fled.
“He was driving at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic and driving on the shoulder of the roadway,” Harrell recalled.
Harrell said she discontinued the pursuit due to potential danger to the public. Meanwhile, Pewitt continued at a high rate of speed as he reached New Smithville Highway.
“He attempted to maneuver through traffic on the median causing a collision with another motorist,” Harrell said in her warrant against Pewitt. “He left the scene in his vehicle.”
Harrell found out the car was registered in Cannon County and a deputy went to find the suspect. Pewitt reportedly admitted to driving the car when questioned by Cannon County authorities. He was driving on a suspended license. His license had been stripped last year for failing to pay child support.