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Man cuts off penis while running from law
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A 39-year-old Cookeville man reportedly cut off his penis and tossed it out the car window as he was running from law enforcement Wednesday morning.

According to Dwayne Page of WJLE in Smithville, Tyson Gilbert severed and threw his penis out the window during a two-county chase from Dowelltown to Lebanon on Highway 70.

Gilbert reportedly said he heard voices on his car radio telling him to commit the act in order to save the world.

Trooper Bobby Johnson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol was the first to come across Gilbert after spotting his Honda Accord parked partially in the roadway on Highway 70 in Dowelltown.

“When I pulled up behind him and turned my lights on he took off and refused to stop,” Trooper Johnson told WJLE. “He was all over the road the whole time. He turned off on Old Liberty Road and came to a stop. He opened his door. He was naked and covered in blood. He then shut his door and kept driving.”

After traveling through spike strips in Alexandria and Watertown, officers were finally able to box Gilbert in and get him stopped on Highway 70 near Interstate 40. He was reportedly transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center for his self-inflicted injury.

“The first spike strips got one of his front tires and the second got the other tire,” said Trooper Johnson to WJLE. “The Wilson County Sheriff’s Department tried to spike him past Watertown but missed. After that it became a slow-speed pursuit with him running on his rims until we boxed him in.”

Gilbert has active warrants against him for other offenses in Cookeville.