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Run from law reaches 100 mph
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A man with a history of running from the law was at it again Tuesday in a two-county chase that reached speeds of 100 mph.

Terry R. Barnes, 31, was taken into custody in Smithville after leading local law enforcement on a high-speed chase from McMinnville in a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix.

According to reports, Warren County deputy Jared Jacobs observed the Pontiac on Highway 70 and attempted a stop because the license plate did not match the vehicle. The car turned into the parking lot of Tractor Supply, but continued through the parking lot of Citizens Tri-County Bank and that of Walgreens.

Deputy Jacobs witnessed “an unidentified object” being thrown out of the sunroof onto the lot and reported Barnes slammed on his brakes causing the front of the patrol vehicle to strike the rear end of the Grand Prix.

Speeds reached 100 mph on Smithville Highway with Barnes passing several vehicles in his attempt to outrun Jacobs. The two crossed into DeKalb County and its deputies assisted in the attempt to stop Barnes.

Just prior to Smithville city limits in the area of South College Street, Barnes attempted a sharp left-hand turn, lost control of the vehicle and pulled into the path of Jacobs. That failed maneuver caused the Grand Prix to leave the roadway and the pursuit ended.

In April 2019, Barnes was ordered to serve 18 months of a nine-year sentence for possession of meth, theft of property, evading arrest, and possession of meth with intent to deliver. That jail time stemmed from a 2018 motorcycle chase which began on Locke Bend Road and ended when Barnes crashed into a home on Hennessee Bridge Road.

Barnes was booked at Warren County Jail on Tuesday on charges of fabricated evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless endangerment, evading arrest, and driving on a suspended license.