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Hot pursuit
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The driver of this motorcycle avoided serious injury after he wrecked at the intersection of Old Rock Island Road and Hennessee Bridge Road just before noon Tuesday. Warren County deputies believe the driver was the one who failed to stop for deputies on Pearsall Road that morning. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Two unsuccessful traffic stops by Warren County deputies on Tuesday morning ended with one successful tackle at approximately 11 a.m.

“Deputy Tyler Glenn initiated a traffic stop on two motorcycles on Pearsall Road,” said Warren County Sheriff’s Department Major Jason Walker. “One stopped the other failed to stop.”

Suspected of failing to stop was Robert Mitchell Orr, 52, of McMinnville.

Glenn issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) with a description of the driver and motorcycle.

The wait wasn’t long.

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“Deputy Jared Jacobs then observed a motorcycle matching the description on Beersheba Street,” said Walker. “He tried to initiate a traffic stop and the motorcycle did not stop. The motorcycle went outbound on Highway 8. Deputy Jacobs discontinued (the pursuit), but was still traveling outbound when he observed the motorcycle coming back inbound.”

The motorcyclist then took Shellsford Road to Highway 70 and then Moffitt Road to Old Rock Island Road.

Possible mechanical issues were observed on Highway 70.  
“The motorcycle started having possible mechanical issues on Sparta Highway,” said Walker. “He was traveling 30 to 45 mph. He laid the motorcycle over as he turned onto Hennessee Bridge Road.”

Fearing a foot chase might ensue, deputy Jacobs physically apprehended the suspect.

Orr was treated for minor injuries at the scene by Warren County EMS before being transported to jail.

While the ownership of the motorcycle is still under investigation as of press time, the charges faced by Orr are not. He has been charged with driving on revoked license, evading arrest, and reckless endangerment.