A Manchester man was given 90 days in jail after he led police on a high-speed chase and crashed into an innocent motorist.
The fugitive, Jimmy Ray Wise Jr., 27, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving on a revoked license. He was ordered to serve 90 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence, pay $250 plus costs, and perform 60 hours public service work.
Wise was sentenced for leading lawmen on a chase through two counties. The pursuit began in his home Coffee County and continued into Warren County and through McMinnville into the Beersheba Street area.
“While the vehicle (a GMC Jimmy) was being pursued, it left the roadway and crossed the property of Dollar General Store (on Beersheba Street),” said McMinnville policeman Brian Holt. “It exited the Dollar General property and struck a 2000 Chevy Blazer.”
The Blazer was occupied by two men, both of whom escaped serious injury. They were stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Twin Oaks and Highway 8, waiting to pull out when they were struck by the out-of-control Jimmy.
Wise continued after slamming into the other vehicle and sped out of the city limits. He was later taken into custody in Coffee County after eluding immediate capture.