A local man has been charged with leading lawmen on a chase through three counties, fleeing across a creek at one point during the getaway.
The suspect, Robert A. Woodside, will face hearing April 26 before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on charges of evading arrest, reckless endangerment, speeding at 107 mph, four counts of running a stop sign, reckless driving, second-offense driving on a revoked license, and violation of the habitual traffic offender status.
He will also face a hearing in Circuit Court where he his attendance in the Drug Court program could be terminated. A special judge will be appointed to hear his violation since Judge Bart Stanley is a member of the Drug Court from which Woodside could face expulsion.
His charges come after authorities in Warren County fell in behind Woodside, who was reportedly driving erratically on Finger Bluff Road.
“He was speeding on a back road and traveling in a manner that endangered other traffic,” said Highway Patrolman Gary Myers in his citations against Woodside. “He was traveling on both sides of the roadway and going around curves on the wrong side of the road at a high rate of speed.”
Myers tried to get Woodside to pull over, but he refused. A chase continued with units from around the county trying to stop the fugitive.
“He fled at speeds of 103 mph through three counties,” Trooper Myers said, noting the suspect was able to give lawmen the slip in his Ford F250 when he crossed the creek at Flat Rock south of McMinnville.
The suspect was eventually arrested after lawmen ran his tag number and traced it back to the pickup’s owner.