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Police chase ended by civilian's tackle

One tackle from a good Samaritan ended a fleeing suspect’s bid to allegedly avoid law enforcement.

Taken to the ground was Elijah Dale Bush, 20, who has been charged with evading arrest, reckless driving, driving on revoked license, and two counts of reckless endangerment. He was booked into Warren County Jail with a combined bond at $62,500.

According to Warren County Sheriff’s Department deputy Brystol Davis, the pursuit began in the area of West Green Hill Road and Mears Road on June 8.

“I observed a silver Mustang turn on Mears Road where I was currently at. I turned around and went to run the tag on the Mustang while noticing that the brake light on the passenger side was not working and the window tint appeared to be too dark.”

While trying to catch up to the vehicle to run its tag, Davis noted it was accelerating, so he activated lights and siren. 

“Once my equipment was turned on, the car accelerated and ran the stop sign turning left onto Prater Town Road,” said Davis.

The chase continued onto New Nashville Highway and headed toward Cannon County. 

“We entered Cannon County with the car passing two vehicles on the shoulder of the highway,” said Davis.

Bush would turn onto Stones River Road. A few miles in, he was met with spike strips placed across the roadway by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. All four tires made contact and deflated. The rubber shredded and came off the wheels. Sparks flew as the vehicle ran on its rims. The pursuit slowed, but it did not stop. 

“We made it to the intersection of Highway 53 in Cannon County and turned left toward Woodbury,” said Davis. “We made it to Woodbury city limits and turned right. It was at this time that I passed the car that was running around 10 mph and got in front of it and prevented if from continuing into Woodbury traffic.”

The vehicle turned down Mason Street and Warren County discontinued its pursuit, which ended seconds later. 

“The car went one street up and wrecked out in the front yard,” said Davis. “The male jumped out and ran on foot. Officers were able to take the male into custody after a civilian assisted in tackling the male to the ground and officers then placed him in handcuffs.” 

Reckless endangerment, times two, were levied, one for the public and one for a passenger in the vehicle with Bush.