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Man crashes to end 100 mph chase
An escapee from Coffee County led lawmen on a high-speed chase Saturday that spanned two counties before the man driving a stolen car crashed in Smithville.“He was traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph, passing on double yellow lines, running red lights and running other motorists off the road,” said Sheriff Jackie Matheny of the chase which eventually led to the capture of Mark Cope. “We had to stay on him because first, he was wanted for escape and second, we had word he might be armed.”The chase started near McMinnville’s Walmart after officers moved in, hearing he had been seen in the area. Matheny said it is his understanding Cope had walked away from a work detail in Coffee County and was wanted.Upon seeing officers, Cope, who was driving his mother’s Chevy Cavalier, took off at a high rate of speed, leading officers on a chase down Smithville Highway heading north toward Smithville.