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Howard tries to evade over county line
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Can law enforcement pursue you beyond their jurisdiction? 

A McMinnville man discovered officers can when he mistakenly believed they could not pursue him past the county line. 

Jack Dylan Howard, 25, has been charged with evading arrest, reckless endangerment and reckless driving after allegedly leading Warren County deputy Brystol Davis on a high-speed chase on Highway 55 into Coffee County on Tuesday.

According to Warren County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Bo Ramsey, at one point during the pursuit Howard called 911 and relayed to the dispatcher, “The police could not chase him out of the county.” 

He was wrong. 

Davis followed Howard into Coffee County and to the city limits of Manchester. At that point, Howard was met by both Coffee County law enforcement and the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Davis discontinued his pursuit.

Howard was stopped, cuffed and transported back to the Warren County line and taken into custody by the Warren County Sheriff’s Department. 

When asked if it’s a popular misconception that deputies cannot chase a suspect into a different county, Ramsey stated, “I don’t know. I wouldn’t think so, but he evidently did.”

Howard also faces charges of simple possession, and possession of methamphetamine. A bond of $58,000 has been set.

Howard has had several brushes with the law. In 2020, he was sentenced to serve 365 days of a five-year sentence for reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon for opening fire on a man in Bethany. Howard reportedly opened fire after he stole a gas can and was chased by the property owner.

Howard’s first court appearance is scheduled for April 6.