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Friends charged after chase ends in crash
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Both the chaser and the chased face reckless endangerment charges after a high-speed pursuit involving friends ended in a crash.
The suspects, Robert James Tanner and Jeffery Smartt, have been indicted on the charge of reckless endangerment.
Their charges comes after police responded to a crash on Rivercliff Road at the edge of town. McMinnville police officer Bobby Anderson said he found Smartt with his overturned Nissan Maxima at the scene.
“He said he was being chased by a Chevy pickup driven by Robert James Tanner and the speeds were over 75 mph,” said Anderson, noting Smartt also said Tanner’s wife was with him in his car. She left the scene with her husband after the crash and was gone by the time police arrived.
“They had gone through people’s yards and on the streets, endangering the public,” Anderson said.
The officer called the Tanners back to the scene, at which time Mr. Tanner’s story mirrored that of Smartt concerning the high-speed chase.
“Mr. Tanner stated he was mad that his wife was with a friend of his,” Anderson said.
Given the danger presented to the public, both drivers were charged with reckless endangerment.