A man faces double charges after he allegedly stole from the dead and then ran from the law.
The suspect, James Lee Pedigo, 32, is charged with evading arrest, reckless endangerment, burglary of a habitation, and grand theft.
Pedigo’s charges come for two separate incidents, the first of which began when a home was broken into on Dab Jones Road in the Centertown area. A relative of the person who owned the home, the homeowner now deceased, went to the residence and discovered someone had broken in and taken numerous items. The list included, but wasn’t limited to, a utility trailer, Honda ATV, John Deere mower, Whirlpool washing machine, compressors, and scrap metal. The value of the missing items has been estimated at nearly $6,000.
It was shortly after discovering the burglary the relative of the deceased homeowner found a trail.
“Family members followed a visual trail and discovered a 10-foot metal utility trailer in plain view on the property of James Lee Pedigo located on K. Prater Road,” said sheriff’s investigator Aaron Roberts, noting the two residences are fairly close together.
When deputies arrived at the storage building, they found numerous items that had been taken in the burglary.
While facing the burglary charges, Pedigo involved himself in a high-speed chase when he refused to pull over for a deputy who was trying to stop him for speeding. The deputy, Joseph VanBommel, said he recognized Pedigo as he sped by in a GMC Yukon and realized he had felony warrants on him.
“He accelerated in an attempt to avoid being stopped,” the deputy reported. He turned onto Pigeon Hill Road and was traveling in excess of 80 mph. He ran a stop sign at Jerry Cooper Highway (New Nashville Highway) at an estimated speed of 70 mph.”
The deputy said he witnessed Pedigo run another vehicle off the road. Pedigo was able to get away for the time being but was picked up later since the deputy had positively identified him.