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Three arrested after high-speed chase
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A Highlander reportedly driven by Keith William Johnson, 29, is pictured Wednesday on the side of Manchester Highway near Country Club Market.

Three people were arrested Wednesday afternoon on Manchester Highway after leading law enforcement officials on a 15-minute chase through downtown McMinnville, Westwood, and past WCHS.

Keith William Johnson, 29, was the driver a gold Highlander. The Beech Grove resident is charged with reckless endangerment, evading arrest, and driving on a suspended license.

One of his passengers, Ashley Beard, 26, of Bell Buckle, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of meth with intent to deliver. The third passenger, Paul Knight Jr., was arrested for an outstanding warrant from Van Buren County.

The chase began around 1:30 p.m. on Winding Way when an officer observed the Highlander driving on the wrong side of the road. When a routine traffic stop was attempted, Johnson decided he wasn’t going to stop.

The chase made its way to Chancery Street and headed toward downtown. According to scanner communication from the pursuing officer, the vehicle sped down streets including Locust, High, West End and Morrison.

As it was traveling down Morrison Street in Westwood, the chase reportedly reached its top speed of 90 mph. Officers tried to cut off the vehicle to throw down spike strips in the area of S. Chancery Street but didn’t arrive in time.

The suspects sped past WCHS and continued on Vervilla Road before turning on Gillespie Road to get to Highway 55. They traveled past Country Club Market and turned onto Country Club Drive before finally returning to Manchester Highway where Johnson pulled over on the shoulder.